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WHO IS THE LEADER OF SOMALIA?

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is the leader of Somalia.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN SOMALIA?

It’s difficult to say as Christians in Somalia must keep their faith completely secret, but we estimate that the numbers are in the hundreds.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN SOMALIA?

Islam is an important part of Somali identity, and for a Somali person to decide to leave Islam and follow Jesus is seen as a huge betrayal. Where the Middle East has the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Horn of Africa has the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab. This group has stated publically that it ‘wants Somalia free of all Christians’.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN SOMALIA?

Most Somali Christians keep their faith completely secret. If al-Shabaab find someone who has become a Christian, the militants will often kill them on the spot.

Despite the risks, Somali people are coming to faith in Jesus - some in miraculous ways. Read the story of a Somali shepherd who came to faith after seeing visions of Jesus as he tended his sheep. 

 
"When I met Open Doors, I was exhausted and discouraged. I believe it is God who helped me by bringing me into contact with your ministry at the right time."
- Secret Somali church leader IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA?

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You can give to provide vital support

Open Doors has been supporting Somali believers since the 1990s. Our work in the region focuses on discipleship support, literature distribution and community development.

Every £68 could train two secret church leaders to find and care for new believers facing persecution.

 
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You can SPEAK OUT

Sign up for advocacy alerts for updates on how you can be a voice for our persecuted church family.

 
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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” 

A PRAYER FOR SOMALIA

Lord Jesus, thank You for the perseverance of our Somali brothers and sisters. Protect those who must keep their faith a secret, and help them to find fellowship with other believers. Soften the hearts of their friends and family, and strengthen them in their walk with You. 

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