Mussie Ezaz

Held 6,162 days  Arrested September 2007 in Eritrea

Prisoner Details

Mussie Ezaz was arrested in September 2007 when Eritrean authorities came after him for his work as a youth minister with the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church. He worked as an evangelist for 14 years and served with Youth for Christ for a number of years before developing a ministry to youth at the Kale Hiwot Church. Other Christians described him as a kind, generous and gifted leader.

Mussie was taken to a small village prison staffed by young soldiers. He managed to escape and tried to flee the country with the aid of fellow Christians. He called his family to say goodbye, and then he headed for the border. When he reached the border town of Adi Kaih, about 60 miles away, he called his family to let them know he made it. Shortly afterward, authorities caught up with him and he was rearrested.

After his arrest, authorities arrested a number of other Christians, including Pastor Oqbamichel Haimanot (also on but was released in 2018), because Mussie called him while fleeing.

For a long time after his arrest, his family had no idea where he was and had no information about his health. Eritrean believers feared he'd been killed or left alone in a remote prison cell somewhere in the desert.

Recent reports indicate Mussie is located at the maximum-security crime investigation unit (Wenjel Mermera) in the capital city of Asmara. Many other church leaders have been imprisoned there, some for more than 10 years. As with other Christians imprisoned in Eritrea, Mussie has never been tried or charged. His family does not know if he will ever be released.

Mussie is married and has three children waiting for him to come home.

Petition Officials

  • Isaias Afewerki


    Mailing Address

    President Issayas Afewerki

    Office of the President

    PO Box 257

    Asmara, ERITREA

  • Gebrehiwet Solomon Berhane

    Charge d'Affaires

    Email Address

    Mailing Address

    Embassy of the State of Eritrea

    1708 New Hampshire Ave., NW

    Washington, DC 20009

    Other Contact Information

    Telephone: (202)319-1991

    Fax: (202)319-1304

  • Sophia Tesfamariam Yohann

    Her Excellency

    Mailing Address

    Could Not Confirm

    Other Contact Information

    Telephone: (212) 687-3390