Thursday, July 01, 2004

Human-Rights Abuses Drive Somali Christians Underground

Khartoum, Aug. 27, 2003 ( - With a small Christian community in Somalia demanding the right to worship freely in the overwhelmingly Muslim country, a UN report has confirmed that the human-rights situation in the troubled African country is deplorable.

Representatives of Somalia's tiny Christian minority have been attending the Somali Peace Reconciliation talks, currently being held in Kenya, and seeking recognition for the Christian presence in Somalia. With the country now having suffered through more than a full decade of anarchy-- with the society controlled by rival warlords-- Christians have been forced underground to escape the notice of intolerant Muslim militia groups.

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