Monday, October 03, 2011

SOMALIA – CHRISTIAN MARTYRED

The decapitated body of a Christian man killed by Islamic militants has been found in the Bakool region of south-western Somalia on 2 September. Juma Nuradin Kamil, whose head was severed and put on his chest, was killed by the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda that controls most of southern Somalia, wages war against “enemies of Islam”. The group imposes an extremely strict version of sharia, and in all versions of sharia law, death is the penalty prescribed for adult male apostates from Islam. Many Somali Christians have been martyred by Islamic militants in recent years.
Somalia is almost 100% Muslim, and the small number of Christians, all converts from Islam, are extremely vulnerable. There are no church buildings in the country; Christians meet “underground” to worship. The country is currently in the grip of severe drought and famine, and al-Shabaab is restricting the supply of international aid to the starving population. The group briefly lifted its ban on aid agencies operating in the country, only to re-impose it.
  • Pray for those who mourn the loss of our murdered brother in Christ. Pray that his friends and family will find peace and comfort in the Lord.
  • Pray for God’s hand of protection over the small Christian community in Somalia.

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