As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Printable sheet with key facts, figures, information and prayer points. Useful for your church noticeboard or prayer group.
Leader: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Population: 11.1 million (Hundreds of Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Federal republic
World Watch List Rank: 7
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/Tribal antagonism
If a Christian is discovered in Somalia, they are unlikely to live to see another day.
Just the suspicion that someone is a Christian can lead to a rushed beheading. A Christian man was shot dead in Bosaso in February 2015 because sheikhs (Islamic leaders) suspected him of 'propagating Christianity'. At least ten Christians were forced to flee the country and ten others went into hiding to avoid the same fate. The militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has declared it 'wants Somalia free of all Christians'.
- For protection for secret believers, and wisdom for them to know who to trust
- Believers in Somalia are isolated and lack resources to build their faith - pray that they will receive the support they need to become strong followers of Jesus
- Somalia has become a safe haven for Islamic radicalism - pray that a strong government will be formed that will stand against extremism and promote religious freedom.
Open Doors in Action:
Open Doors has been strengthening the church in Somalia through partnership since the 1990s. Our work is focused on finding the few pockets of severely persecuted Christians and supporting them in whatever way is relevant. Open Doors advocates on behalf of the persecuted church in the region through:
- Discipleship support
- Literature distribution
- Advocacy and awareness
- Community development programmes.