Caught between violence in Ethiopia and Somalia and simmering turmoil in Sudan, Eritrea makes few headlines in the Horn of Africa. But the repressive government in Eritrea ought to sound international alarms – indeed it has for 14 Comboni Missionaries who were recently expelled from the country due to their inability to renew residency permits.
According to Catholic News, the missionaries “told Vatican Radio that they were given two official explanations for being expelled: their refusal to serve in the military and the fact that foreign employees of nongovernmental organizations can stay in the country a maximum of two years. The Combonis said the real reason was the government’s desire to control the Catholic Church like it controls every other sphere of life in Eritrea.”
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