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07/16/2020 Kenya (International Christian Concern) – Last month, Somali Muslims beat a 21-year-old Somali Christian woman unconscious in Isiolo, Kenya. In the June 4 attack, seven assailants attacked the three siblings, they broke two teeth of her 19-year-old sister and injured their 18-year-old brother.

The 21-year-old woman stated the following to Morning Star News (MSN), “They began hitting me with sticks and a blunt object, which injured my back and my right hand. There I fainted for five hours and regained consciousness at the hospital.” The woman was in the hospital for two days. Her younger sister also told MSN, “The attackers injured me by hitting my head against the wall. My two front teeth got broken, and the attack caused the left side of my body to swell, but I managed to escape, leaving my sister in an unconscious state.” 

The siblings had gone outside their home to restore the water supply at about 7 p.m. when the assailants approached. One of the girls told MSN, “There were calling us infidels. They said we know you do not belong to us. We have got hold of you today – we have no mercy on you people. You need to return to where you came from.” 

The family reported the incident to the police and their mother stated that they have been receiving threats to withdraw the case from the police. For nearly ten years, the family has been running for their lives from extreme Somali Muslims who have attacked them.

Somalis generally believe all Somalis are Muslims by birth, and any Somali who becomes a Christian will face charges of apostasy, punishable by death. According to the U.S. State Department, Somalia’s constitution establishes Islam as the state religion and prohibits the propagation of any other faith. It also requires that laws comply with Shari’a (Islamic law) principles, with no exceptions in the application for non-Muslims.

 

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