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Compulsory military service cripples Church in Eritrea

Catholic World News - December 06, 2012

Eritrea’s totalitarian regime – widely recognized as one of the most repressive in the world – is stifling the Church through compulsory military service laws, according to Aid to the Church in Need.

“The government exaggerates the danger of war as a pretext to keep people in military service,” a source told the Catholic charitable agency. “In general, military service has led to a situation where there is a shortage of qualified workers in many professions, not just in the Church.”

Some seminarians and other Church workers are compelled to serve for at least 15 years, according to the report.

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