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Islamists Seize Land from Believers

ICC Note

Somali radical Islamists confiscated Christian farm lands forcing many Christians to flee their homes.

By Becky Yeh

02/15/2011 Somalia (OneNewsOne)-Islamists in Somalia have ramped up their efforts in persecuting Christians who attend Bible studies by confiscating their land.

Members of Al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group that controls regions of Somalia, seized the farm lands of Christians who converted from Islam as a message announcing that believers are not welcome in the region. International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that eight farms have been confiscated since January 19, and believers have fled from their homes and have gone into hiding.

“But in this case, it’s amazing — and it’s God’s protection for the Christians to leave the area without being hurt,” he shares. “So Al-Shabaab is depriving them of their livelihood by taking it over and giving it to their supporters.”

Al-Shabaab has vowed to purge Somalia of any Christian influence, and Racho says that the group pushes a very “sick version” of Islam. The extremist group has killed 23 Christians since 2009 and has terrorized the region by destroying Christian cemeteries and a Christian library. But despite the increased persecution, the Church in Somalia continues to grow.

“Christianity presents them with an escape from the violence that surrounds them,” Racho explains, “and when they come to Christ, they feel the peace and they have that guarantee of eternal life.”

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