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anonymous SOMALIA: CHRISTIANS WHO ARE PERSECUTED IN SOMALIA! June 18, 2008 9:46 PM

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SOMALIA: FROM CHRISTIAN TO ISLAM!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  June 18, 2008 10:02 PM

APRIL 21, 2004
THE Magadishu based Samalia fundamentalist group, Kulanka Culimada, accussed Chistian Aide workers of spreading Christianity in the coastal region of Merca.
the Sheikh told a reporter that all Somalia Christians must be killed according to Islamic Law.

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anonymous  June 18, 2008 10:06 PM

October 7th, 2005

Dr. Osman was shot and killed in Northern Magadishu by Islamic hitman from Magadishu by Islamic hitman form Magadishu.
Dr. Osman was a pastor and an evangelist.

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anonymous  June 18, 2008 10:10 PM

MARCH 20th, 2006
Pastor Ahmed of Somalia passed away from severe head trauma, caused by beating which occurred while in prison for propagating Christianity among students [in 1986]. He had been tortured and beaten regularly.
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anonymous  June 18, 2008 10:13 PM

By July of 2006
Persecution of Christians is widespread.
Christians are shot, their houses set on fire. Any Somalian who claims to be a Christian is an Apostate and faces the death penalty.
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anonymous  June 18, 2008 10:16 PM

REFUGEE'S FROM SOMALIA to Kenya! FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS 2:38 PM

"I couldn't live in Mogadishu anymore, my whole family would have been killed eventually," said Osman, 25, who left Mogadishu three months ago, hours after identifying his mother's body. He begged a ride in a car with a crowd of strangers, holding up his daughters — age 2 and 4 — to persuade the driver.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Wednesday that Somalia faces one of the world's worst crises along with Afghanistan, Iraq and Darfur.

"Dadaab represents a desperate cry, a cry of these people for peace in Somalia," Guterres said as he toured the camp, visiting medical clinics and speaking to refugees who live in ramshackle huts made of sticks and plastic tarp.

The population in Dadaab has reached nearly 200,000 people, packed into about 20 square miles of desolate, wind-swept dirt where little grows beneath the withering sun. Last year, more than 30,000 Somali refugees sought asylum here as their country saw some of the most deadly violence in its history.

Thousands of civilians have been killed in Somalia since 2007, caught in vicious disputes over ancient clan loyalties, religion and government. The country has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords toppled dictator Siad Barre and carved Somalia into armed camps ruled by clan law.

Somalia's shaky transitional administration was formed in 2004 with the help of the United Nations, but has failed to assert real control. After Islamic militants seized control of Mogadishu and most of southern Somalia, the government called in troops from Ethiopia in December 2006 to oust them.

An insurgency started soon afterward, and remains a potent and disruptive force. Rebels set land mines and attack police posts and the Ethiopian troops respond with deadly force, witnesses say.

The country also is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis aggravated by high global food prices and drought.

Dr. James Ndirangu, who works at a hospital in Dadaab, said the new arrivals display a range of problems — from malnutrition and psychosis to rape, torture and blast injuries.

"People come in with deformities," he said. "Missing eyes. Missing limbs."

He said mental health problems are rampant in the camp. He keeps a poster on the wall of the hospital detailing 10 danger signals of suicide.

"Loss of a loved one," reads one, "and a persistent wish to die."

Hassan, 14, was among several teenagers who said militiamen would troll around schools — sometimes even entering classrooms — to recruit boys as fighters.

"It happened twice a month," said Hassan, who came to Dadaab with her parents six months ago after armed men kidnapped two children from the school bus.

"The teachers couldn't stop them, because teachers can't stop a man with a gun," she said.

But while the camp is safer than lawless Mogadishu, Dadaab offers only the most meager existence. Designed to help desperate people survive, the camp was never meant to be a long-term home.

"Dadaab is my home, but it's a prison, too," said Hakimo Adow Sandur, an 18-year-old who came here in 1991. "I know this place was never meant to be permanent, but it is permanent for me."

Many longtime refugees lament the fact that they cannot leave the camp to make a life in Kenya. The government has strict rules requiring them to stay, arguing that integration into Kenyan life is not a "durable solution" for refugees.

There are schools here, but only 4 percent of teachers are professionally trained. There is approximately one latrine for every 20 people. Materials such as tarps and mud bricks, used to build shelters, are distributed to new arrivals, but quickly degenerate in the sand and harsh sun.

Food, such as maize meal and vegetable oil, is doled out twice a month.

Options for the future are limited.

Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, peered into a hut housing Fatuma Abbas Muse, 66, who came here in 1991 — the year the camp was established. He asked her to compare life in Somalia to life in Dadaab.

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anonymous  November 21, 2008 12:18 PM

Nuns Abducted in Kenya near Somali Border*

Negotiations continue for the release of two nuns abducted by insurgent Somali militia at midnight on Nov. 9 from Kenya’s northern Mandera district near the Somali border. Pastor Alois Maina of Community Church in Mandera told Compass Direct News that the two nuns were being held in El-Haddah, Somalia, about 19 miles from the border. A pastor in Mandera who requested anonymity told Compass Direct News that Christian leaders were collaborating with village elders in both Kenya and Somalia to negotiate with the militia for the nuns’ release. “What we need at the moment is prayer,” said the pastor. View the full story on our website.        

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 July 02, 2009 2:48 PM

Muslim Extremists in Somalia Enforce Sharia Law 

In the morning hours of June 25th Somalia's hard-line insurgents amputated a hand and a leg each from four teenagers found guilty of stealing mobile phones and other items.  According to witnesses, the teenagers’ right hands and left legs were cut off, after which they were sent for treatment. 

“We have carried out this sentence under the Islamic religion and we will punish like this everyone who carries out these acts," al-Shabaab official Sheikh Ali Mohamud Fidow told reporters.  This is the first such amputations by the rebels called al-Shabaab, which is an Arabic word meaning “The Lads”; who follow a strict version of Sharia law. 

International rights group Amnesty International had condemned the sentence imposed by an Islamic court, saying the teenagers had no lawyer and were not allowed to appeal.  One can only wonder if this is the punishment for what could be considered a petty crime, what will then be the punishment for the ultimate crime of forsaking Islam?  Across the country evangelism is frowned upon and in many areas prohibited.  Only a handful of Somalis are Christians, practicing their faith in secret.

Meanwhile, the government seems to be slipping further and further into crisis. Recently al-Shabaad killed two legislators, in another attack a suicide car bomber killed the country’s security minister along with 30 others near the Ethiopian border, and last week they killed a member of parliament in northern Mogadishu.   Al-Shabaab clearly has no intention of backing down, but every intention of extending its rule politically and spiritually across Somalia.

Our God, many governments seek to destroy the lives of those who love You.  Please comfort those who suffer for Your name’s sake in Somalia and other nations.  Restore justice so that Your message of salvation may be proclaimed with boldness and many will come to the know the saving grace of Jesus Christ

Praying together,

The Prayer Force Team

News Source: Open Doors International

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 July 24, 2009 10:10 AM

July 22, 2009

Dear
Donna   

Monday morning, al Shabaab Islamist militia shot to death Mohammed Sheikh Abdiraman, a Somali Christian convert, in a small village 62 miles north of the capital Mogadishu. Eyewitnesses told Compass News the Islamic extremists appeared to have been hunting Abdiraman, a convert from Islam, and when they found him they did not hesitate to kill him. 

Abdiraman was a the leader of an underground “cell group” of Christians and is survived by two children, ages 10 and 15.  His wife died three years ago due to illness. “We are very sad about this incident, and we also are not safe,” one eyewitness said. “Pray for us.” 

Intent on “cleansing” Somalia of all Christians, al Shabaab militia are monitoring converts from Islam, especially where Christian workers had previously provided aid.  Linked with Islamic extremist al Qaeda terrorists, al Shabaab rebels have mounted an armed effort to topple the current president’s Western-backed Transitional Federal Government with the intention of imposing sharia (Islamic law) throughout all of Somalia.

Reports of attacks against Christians and the enforcement of sharia law in Somalia are on the rise.  On July 1, Compass News reported that Islamic extremists beheaded two young boys because their Christian father refused to divulge information about a church leader. On June 25, Open Doors International reported that Somalia's hard-line al-Shabaab insurgents amputated a hand and a leg each of four teenagers found guilty of stealing mobile phones and other possessions.  This was the first incident of such amputations by the rebels who follow a strict version of sharia law.    

We ask, Father, for Your divine comfort and love to be showered over Abdiraman’s two children and the “cell group” to which he was able to minister. We pray for persecuted Christians worldwide that they “may be delivered from wicked and evil men” (2 Thes 3:2).  Our hearts break for the many in Somalia and other countries who do not know You and we ask for more ways for Your Word, Your Truth and Your message of salvation to penetrate these nations blanketed in darkness.            

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 August 26, 2009 2:12 PM

August 19, 2009

Dear Donna,

Somali Christian Shot Dead near Kenya Border

According to Compass Direct News, Muslim extremists shot and killed Ahmed Matan on August 18 near the Somali border with Kenya.  Matan, who converted from Islam to Christianity, had been a member of the underground Christian church since 2001.  The shooting comes at a time when Islamist groups, led by al Shabaab, are hunting down converts to Christianity as they seek to establish sharia (Islamic law) throughout Somalia.

“I am afraid for my life, the al Shabaab want to get proof that I follow the Christian faith,” Matan told Ismael, a former leader of a secret Christian fellowship in Somalia to which Matan belonged. “They have not been seeing me in the mosque and seem to have realized that I am not part of them.”  

Father we join in prayer for Matan’s family.  He was a father of three, and his last child is just 3 months old.  We also pray for the small but faithful fellowship of Christians in Somalia, that they might  worship You in safety and without fear. Father, please protect them and provide for thier every need.

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 August 31, 2009 4:50 AM

Islamic Militants Behead Four Christian Orphanage Workers
 For the second time in as many months, Christians in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu have been faced with violent and brutal deaths at the hand of Somalia's main Islamic insurgent group, al-Shabab.
 
Four Christian aid workers were beheaded after refusing to renounce their faith in Christ.
 
Fatima Sultan, Ali Ma'ow, Sheik Mohammed Abdi and Maaddey Diil, four Christians working for an NGO that helps orhans, were kidnapped on July 27. The members of the group were then beheaded for refusing to denounce their Christianity.
 
An unidentified junior al-Shabab militant notified families of the victims that the four Christians had been beheaded for apostasy. He allegedly described the Christians as promoters of "fitna," a Muslim term for religious discord.

The militant, who called himself "Seiful Islam" ("the Sword of Islam"), told the families that the bodies will not be given to them "as Somalia does not have cemeteries for infidels." According to a witness of the beheading "All the four apostates were given an opportunity to return to Islam to be released but they all declined the generous offer."
 
Al-Shabab has also claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against Christians and U.N. backed aid organizations in Somalia. The group has declared that United Nations agencies working with the new transitional government are "enemies of Islam." This incident is the second group of Christians murdered by the group. Seven other Christians were beheaded after being accused of converting to Christianity from Islam and spying for the new government.
 
"Al-Shabab has once again demonstrated its utter disregard for the dignity of human life," said Jonathan Racho, International Christian Concern's Regional Manager for Africa and the Middle East. "The majority of Muslims in Somalia, who are also the victims of al-Shabab's cruelty, do not support their ideology or practices. It is high time for the international community to take robust measures to end the heinous crimes that Al-Shabab and other extremist groups are committing against the people of Somalia," Racho said.
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 September 09, 2009 6:58 AM

Islamic Militants Behead Christian Orphanage Workers

For the second time in as many months, Christians in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu have been faced with violent and brutal deaths at the hand of Somalia's main Islamic insurgent group, al-Shabab.
 
Four Christian aid workers were beheaded after refusing to renounce their faith in Christ.
 
Fatima Sultan, Ali Ma'ow, Sheik Mohammed Abdi and Maaddey Diil, four Christians working for an NGO that helps orhans, were kidnapped on July 27. The members of the group were then beheaded for refusing to denounce their Christianity.
 
An unidentified junior al-Shabab militant notified families of the victims that the four Christians had been beheaded for apostasy. He allegedly described the Christians as promoters of "fitna," a Muslim term for religious discord.

The militant, who called himself "Seiful Islam" ("the Sword of Islam"), told the families that the bodies will not be given to them "as Somalia does not have cemeteries for infidels." According to a witness of the beheading "All the four apostates were given an opportunity to return to Islam to be released but they all declined the generous offer."
 
Al-Shabab has also claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against Christians and U.N. backed aid organizations in Somalia. The group has declared that United Nations agencies working with the new transitional government are "enemies of Islam." This incident is the second group of Christians murdered by the group. Seven other Christians were beheaded after being accused of converting to Christianity from Islam and spying for the new government.
 
"Al-Shabab has once again demonstrated its utter disregard for the dignity of human life," said Jonathan Racho, International Christian Concern's Regional Manager for Africa and the Middle East. "The majority of Muslims in Somalia, who are also the victims of al-Shabab's cruelty, do not support their ideology or practices. It is high time for the international community to take robust measures to end the heinous crimes that Al-Shabab and other extremist groups are committing against the people of Somalia," Racho said.
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 November 06, 2009 11:16 PM

IMPRISONED CHRISTIAN IN SOMALILAND ON HUNGER STRIKE: A convert from Islam in Somalia’s self-declared state of Somaliland has staged a hunger strike to protest his transfer to a harsh prison in a remote part of the country. Full story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 13, 2010 10:04 AM

May 13, 2010

Dear Donna

 “The Lord sustains the humble but cast the wicked to the ground.”
Psalm 147:6

Al Shabaab Militants Execute Christian Leader in Somalia

Islamic militants have recently killed another leader of the underground church movement in Somalia. Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Compass News that before he was fatally shot, 57-year-old Yusuf Ali Nur had been on a list of people the Islamic extremist al Shabaab suspected of being Christian. Al Shabaab, said to have links with al Qaeda, has vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity.

Eyewitnesses said that after a two-hour battle, al Shabaab took control of the Xarardheere area where Nur lived. The militants then went from house to house looking for enemy fighters when they arrived at Nur’s home. Sources said that upon finding Nur, one of the militants remarked, “Oh! This is Yusuf, whom we have been looking for,” before they executed him with bullets at close range. Nur is survived by his wife, Muna Sheikh Farah, and three children, ages 11, 9 and 7.

Father, our hearts ache for the death of Yusuf Ali Nur, and for his family and friends who now mourn his death. We thank You that we do not mourn as those who have no hope, but instead we have the hope of glory, Jesus Christ. We ask that You would be near the brokenhearted in Somalia right now, and let Your Holy Spirit comfort and encourage the Christians who are living there.

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 June 24, 2010 8:11 PM

SOMALIA - FAMILY OF 17-YEAR OLD GIRL ABUSES HER FOR LEAVING ISLAM: The Muslim parents of a 17-year-old Somali girl who converted to Christianity severely beat her for leaving Islam and have regularly shackled her to a tree at their home for more than a month, Christian sources said.  Nurta Mohamed Farah of Bardher, Gedo Region in southern Somalia, has been confined to her home since May 10, when her family found out that she had embraced Christianity, said a Christian leader who visited the area.  Read More>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 26, 2011 3:30 PM

SOMALI MOTHER OF FOUR SLAUGHTERED FOR HER FAITH: Asha Mberwa, 36, was killed on January 7 at 5:15 p.m. in Warbhigly village by Al Shabaab Islamic extremists who had arrested her outside her house the previous day at 8:30 a.m.  She died when the militants cut her throat in front of villagers who came out of their homes as witnesses.  Asha was murdered because the extremists confirmed her conversion to Christianity.  She is survived by her children – ages 12, 8, 6 and 4 – and her husband, who was not home at the time she was aprehended.  Read more>>    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 10, 2011 1:54 PM

At a recent training session for underground prayer leaders in Somalia, believers shared their testimonies of how they came to know Jesus in spite of obstacles and persecution.

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 January 13, 2012 5:57 AM

Somali Convert from Islam Whipped in Public
A Somali convert from Islam was paraded before a jeering crowd last month and publicly flogged as a punishment for embracing a "foreign religion," sources said. She was left bleeding in front of hundreds of spectators for becoming a Christian.
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 February 23, 2012 2:50 PM

Christians on Kenya-Somali Border Suffer Quietly
Christians in the predominantly Muslim Northern regions of Kenya have made a plea for prayer support as they find themselves in a precarious situation.
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