Sunday, September 23, 2012

SOMALIA: Where Christians are Hunted

Somalia is second only to North Korea as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. Somalis who are dis- covered to be Christians face almost certain death, not only in their own country but also in neighbouring coun- tries where many Somalis flee as refugees. “In Somalia, they kill you if they just find a piece of literature,” said VOM’s regional director.

For more than two decades, Somalia has suffered from civil war. Unsuccessful treaties and resolutions among vari- ous warring factions have rendered the nation a “failed state” in the eyes of the international community. Ninety- nine per cent of the population is Sunni Muslim, and Christians are targeted by all of the factions fighting for control. The most dangerous of these groups is the militant Islamist group known as al-Shabab, which controls much of southern and central Somalia.

Al-Shabab, which means “The Youth” in Arabic, has sworn to rid Somalia of Christians and impose its strict interpretation of Shariah law. In February 2012, al-Shabab leaders announced that the group had joined al-Qaida.

Somalia’s tiny community of Muslim-background believ- ers is estimated at fewer than 200 people, and all are viewed as apostates by the Muslim majority. Every church building in the country has been destroyed during the civil war, so believers meet for fellowship in small home groups. When Christians are discovered by al-Shabab, they are sometimes beheaded on the spot, as occurred with a 17-year-old boy last year in Mogadishu. Al-Shabab agents have also murdered Christians after following them to refu- gee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Many Somali Christians desire to grow spiritually by studying God’s Word, but simply possessing a Bible can lead to their imprisonment or death. None of the four believers whose testimonies appear on the following pages owned a complete Bible. But their hearts were so taken by the love of Christ that they were willing to suffer for the hope He gave them.

Read More at the VOM


Zim said...

I pray for persecuted Christians in all countries... Last time it was Iraq in my prayers, but there were also North Korea, China, India, Somalia, other Middle Easter countries... God bless You, we should write about this.
Greetings from Poland.

Anonymous said...

ISLAM the right path for ALL, take time to know about islam, don't hear what they say about it, just use your brain that almighty ALLAH has given you,

Anonymous said...

No,you are brained washed Arab slave. What you belief is not the right path for Allah. You are worshiping Arabic lies, you are not going to Paradise. Don't waste your time, you already wasted your time for the last 22 yrs.