|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Government||Contested Federal Republic|
|Leader||President Mohamed Abdullai Mohamed|
Somalia: No Place For Christians.
Somalia is one of the most hostile countries for Christians. Islam is the state religion. Muslims suspected of becoming Christians are targeted by extremists. In 2017, 23 people suspected of converting to Christianity were killed by al-Shabaab. In a country with only hundreds of Christians, this shows how hard it is to follow Jesus.
Persecution From All Sides.
Civil war has left communities full of violence and corruption. Lawlessness has allowed Somalia to become a safe haven for Islamic radical groups. Communities grow more aggressive and intolerant towards Christians, not only in Somalia but also in the surrounding region. Over the years the situation has worsened. Islamic militants have intensified their hunt for Christians in positions of leadership.
Society expects that all Somalis are Muslims. Any celebration of Christmas is banned. Any conversion to Christianity is regarded as a betrayal of Somali family and clan. If Somalis are suspected of being converts, family members and clan leaders will harass, intimidate and even kill them. Women are pressured to comply with al-Shabaab’s way of life. They’re forcefully married off to Muslim men, often beaten and put under house arrest.
Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Somalia by:
“Your radio programme is a blessing for Somalis and I ask God to bless it. I had been a conservative Muslim and I even used to preach at you, attempting to bring you back to Islam, but now I am a believer and that is because of your programme. I am no longer a Muslim because I received and accepted the Gospel after I heard it from you. Don’t think that I only chose Christianity because of its kindness and gentleness. I chose Christianity because it is the only religion that can provide ultimate salvation from sin and God’s judgment through Jesus Christ. Your radio programme’s long investment in my life in terms of teaching was not in vain.” – Somali Christian
Pray for protection for Christians as they share the gospel in Somalia.
Pray that God reveals himself to many Muslims. Pray they will be bold enough to accept Jesus regardless of the cost.
Pray Christians can find safe ways to read the Bible and gather together.