Pastor Oqbamichel Haimanot was first arrested in 2003, resulting initially in a few weeks of detainment. In 2005, he was arrested again when a wedding was raided and over 60 Christians were taken to the Sawa military centre -- a place renowned for its brutal treatment. He was released a few months later after suffering a mental breakdown (see this page).
Pastor Oqbamichel was arrested again in October 2007 and held until his recent release. VOM contacts say he is in need of medical care. No further details are available at this point. Please pray for Pastor Oqbamichel's healing and protection.