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Friday, January 10th, 2014
In the latest report highlighting the status of Christian persecution around the world, 9 out of the top 10 countries are Muslim majority states, and Islamic extremism is the primary cause of their persecution of Christians. North Korea again holds the spot at #1 for the worst persecutor of Christians, but behind that it is Islamic extremism that is largely driving the problem. Another troubling aspect has been the relatively silence of the United States government on the issue, despite efforts within Congress to make it a higher priority for the State Department and the White House.
Friday, November 15th, 2013
11/14/2013 Somalia (Morning Star News) -Gunmen who said they intended to kill a Christian in Mogadishu, Somalia for spreading his faith shot him to death last month, the victim’s neighbor said.
Two men armed with pistols shot Abdikhani Hassan seven times as he approached his home after closing his pharmacy in Kharkinley District on Oct. 20, his Muslim neighbor told a Morning Star News source. Hassan is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, and five children ranging in age from 3 to 12.
Before killing Hassan, one of the assailants told the neighbor, “We have information that Hassan is spreading wrong religion to our people, and we are looking for him,” the neighbor said.
“I got so frightened as the two young men left,” said the neighbor, whose identity is withheld for security reasons.
The unidentified attackers did not rob Hassan of anything.
Islamic extremists from the Al Shabaab rebel group have killed several Christians in the past few years, and although the group no longer controls Mogadishu, a few rebels hiding their militant identity remain in the capital, a source said.
“The men who murdered Abdikhani are suspected to be Al Shabaab militia, and the government is carrying out an investigation looking for the two killers,” he said.
Al Shabaab, the Somali cell of Al Qaeda, has vowed to rid Somalia of its Christians, who meet secretly in the country where apostasy, or leaving Islam, is punishable by death. The group is suspected of killing Fatuma Isak Elmi, 35, on Sept. 1 inside her home in Beledweyne, Hiran Province in south-central Somalia (see Morning Star News, Sept. 9). Her husband had received a threatening note that morning believed to be from the Islamic extremist group and was away at the time of the murder. …
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Systematic persecution of Christians is increasing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. How do these groups broadcast their beheadings, bombings, and tortures? And how is the call to violent jihad broadcast to other Muslims on the continent? Tech-savvy terrorists use the same US-made social media that American teens use to plan an outing: FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube. The BBC explains:
Saturday, October 12th, 2013
The combination of ready access to weapons flowing from Arab Spring states in North Africa, and the fact that the Sahel zone is outside the reach of most of the region's military and policing capability, have allowed for the formation of a "petri-dish" for the breeding of Islamists. The lawlessness of the Sahel has allowed the groups operating from to zone to conduct operations against Christian and Western targets with near impunity. The effort of the Séléka in CAR is just one example, where the Islamists are attempting to form a Sharia state despite the population being composed mostly of Christians.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Coverage of the tragedy and hardship of Christian refugees fleeing Eritrea and Somalia are only now receiving media attention due to the tragic drowning of hundreds as a refugee ship sank off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Italy. The story below offers an emotional narrative of the pain and loss wrought by the persecution of Christians upon a man searching for the brother he had hoped to bring to freedom.
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Eritrea and Somalia are two of the nations most hostile to Christianity. The recent sinking of a migrant ship in Italian waters loaded with Eritrean and Somali refugees, many of whom were Christians, highlights their desperation. Just as the pursuit of religious freedom drove European settlers to what is now the United States, East African refugees regularly ply this harrowing route to escape religious persecution. The regular stream of refugees fleeing to the shores of Europe, and the mounting numbers of those whose journeys are cut short by murder, enslavement, or shipwreck, make for a tragedy that deserves more attention from the international community. Please pray for those making this perilous journey.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
"Rape jihad" is committed routinely throughout Africa by Muslim men as a way of subjugating Christians and those with beliefs different from their own. This sexual terrorism is sanctioned by their prophet, as according the Islamist beliefs, Mohammed called for the subjugation and rape of women who were not strict adherents of Islam. Uyo Salifu, a researcher with the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, presents a thoughtful analysis of this form of persecution and details some recent tragic examples of the practice.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Despite the Westgate Mall massacre in Kenya last week, reports indicate that the al Shabaab terrorists are still successfully recruiting from America's largest Somali community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Al Shabaab utilizes the Muslim call to jihad as rationale for filling its ranks, explaining that service with the Islamist group is tantamount to a religious duty. Recruitment videos insinuate that the killing of Christians and innocents "is the real Disneyland," and beckons Muslims to "come join in this fun." More than 22 young men are known to have joined al Shabaab since 2009, but actual numbers remain elusive.
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Islamic leaders gathered by the Somali transitional government have issued a fatwa against the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab is an Islamic extremist group with proven ties to al-Qaeda. As a part of the group's mission to establish a purely Islamic society in Somalia, it searches for and executes Christians living in Somalia. Will this fatwa help end al-Shabaab's reign of terror? Will it lead to religious freedom for Christians in Somalia? Probably not...
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
According to reports coming out Somalia, militants belonging to the al-Shabaab rebel group are suspected of killing one mother and abducting a child because the victims' Christian identity was discovered. The Islamic terrorist group has vowed to drive the underground church out of Somalia. Since making that promise, the group has terrorized any Christians it discovers. Please pray for the victims of al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Earlier this month, a Christian mother was kidnapped and sexually abused by suspected al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. The young mother of two was likely targeted by the Islamic militants because of her and her families religious identity. On August 5, Shamsa Enow Hussein was abducted outside of her home in Bulo Marer. Hours after her disappearance, Shamsa's husband received one final text message from his wife warning him to take the children and flee the area because the militants had discovered they were Christians.
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
On August 5, a Christian woman in Somalia was abducted outside of her house by suspected al-Shabaab militants. Christians in Somalia are forced to meet in very secure underground fellowships because al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist group closely tied to al-Qaeda, has vowed to rid Somalia of all Christians. If discovered by al-Shabaab, underground Christians in Somalia often face immediate execution. No trace of this Christian woman has been discovered since August 5 and her husband and two children have gone into hiding. Please pray for this persecuted family.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
The week of June 17 marked an historic turning point in the internal structure of radical Islamic, Somali-based sect, Al-Shabaab. Responsible for the deaths of countless civilians, including specifically targeted Christians, both in and outside of Somalia, Al-Shabaab has plagued East African development with its adherence to strict Islamic law and promulgation of terrorism to advance its radically conservative agenda. The recent consolidation of power by Al-Shabaab Emir Abdi Godane demarcates the first time in the sect's history an individual, rather than a collective, will direct the groups activities. Experts speculate the consolidation confirms suspicions the sect intends to resort to an elusively regional, versus global, scope—meaning the recent structural changes could distance, if not completely isolate Al-Shabaab from its potentially former affiliate and sponsor, Al-Qaeda.
Monday, June 24th, 2013
Apostasy, or conversion from Islam, which is strictly prohibited in Somalia (as all Somalis are believed to be born Muslim) lead to the death of 28 year-old husband and father Hassan Hurshe on June 7th of this year. Extra-judicially executed by Al Shabaab insurgents in a public square in Jilib for his conversion to Christianity in Kenya in 2006, Hurshe was reportedly monitored by Al Shabaab adherents for years prior to his murder. Survived by his wife and child, Hurshe's family has since fled the area, mourning the loss of their loved one as refugees in a foreign land.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
The recent fatal shooting of a father of four by suspected Islamic extremists in the coastal city of Kismayo unmasked the pervasive threat to Christians in the nation, and hurt Somalia’s efforts to improve their human rights record.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
The Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab is killing Christians in Kenya in retaliation to Kenyan forces' intervention to stamp out its presence in southern Somalia.
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Monday, November 19th, 2012
Thursday, November 8th, 2012