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Since the central government of Mali was overthrown by Islamic extremist the country has been spiralling into a failed state status. Many analysts believe, without intervention, Mali could become another Somalia. Islamic extremists supported by al-Qaeda have taken over much of the country’s northern regions and have been persecuting the small Christian minority that didn’t flee when the government collapsed. Many Christians in Mali now live in refugee camps and are in desperate need of prayer and relief. Will you help them?                         
5/2/2013 Mali (BosNewsLife) – A Christian aid and advocacy group has set up shelters for Christian converts in heavily Islamic Mali, which has been ravaged by civil war and Islamic extremism.
Voice Of the Martyrs (VOM) told BosNewsLife that it had set up “several safe houses” in southern Mali where Christian converts were forced to flee their communities “due to serious life-endangering threats made by members of their own Muslim families.”
“When they fled from Islamist militants in the north, most left their possessions behind, including their Bibles,” VOM said in a statement.
VOM said besides providing shelter its workers also provide the local Christians with new Bibles.
“As a result, these believers are not only able to cultivate nearby farmland for physical sustenance, they are now also equipped with the spiritual tools required to grow in their faith through daily prayer times, group classes and individual Bible study,” the group explained.
It said it had urged its supporters to “pray for God’s continued provision and protection, as these believers seek to grow and become strengthened in their faith.”
Thousands of civilians have fled Mali, where French peacekeepers have tried to restore calm.

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