April 14, 2012
The Somali Muslim terror group al Shabaab, which recently joined with al Qaeda in an attempt to implement sharia law, wants to rid the country of all Christians and is specifically targeting Christian converts from Islam, CBN News reports. Al Shabaab soldiers subject Christians to torture, punishment, humiliation and even brutal murders for refusing to conform to Islamic law. Somali Christian leaders estimate fewer than 200 Christians are left in the country of 10 million. One secret believer named Fozia said it was too risky to own a Bible, so she listened to nightly Christian radio broadcasts from neighboring Kenya. Some Somali Christians are receiving help from Voice of the Martyrs, who sponsors a safe house in a secret location in the Horn of Africa. At the safe house, Somali Christians and former Muslims seeking refuge have a place to eat, sleep and gather for worship, Bible study, discipleship and fellowship. "Pray that we Somali believers will live our lives closer to the kingdom of God," Fozia said. "Pray that we will endure the weight of life in this Islamic nation."