(ONN) — Thirty-five Christians have been jailed in Saudi Arabia for worshiping in their own homes according to a recent report. The news only surfaced this week that the Christians have been imprisoned for over a month.
Jonathan Racho of International Christian Concern says it is no wonder that Christians there worship in their homes because of the danger they face.
“In Saudi Arabia there is no church,” says the ICC spokesman. “There is no other place of worship other than mosques — so the Christians in Saudi Arabia only gather at their private homes to worship. And when they worship, as you can see in this particular example, they could also be arrested.”
Racho was able to talk with one of the female prisoners by phone and explains that prisoners are suffering because of lack of proper medical attention. “They told me that especially the male prisoners have been assaulted by the Saudi officials,” he shares.
One of the prisoners told Racho that a Saudi official insulted them by telling them they are non-believers, animals, and supporters of America.