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Somalia

Ranked as the #2 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Government: Federal republic

Population: 11 million (A few hundred Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Extreme
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism, tribal antagonism

OVERVIEW OF SOMALIA

SomaliaWith no functioning government in Somalia, Christians are targeted by Islamic terrorists and clan authorities. As the government gains more control, state actors are joining the vicious two to persecute Christians. The only type of Christianity in Somalia is Christian converts from a Muslim background. Persecution in the country is very severe. Islamic religious leaders maintain publicly that there is no room for Christianity, Christians and churches in Somalia. Islamic terrorists, in the form of al-Shabaab, as well as other radical Islamic groups, have intensified the persecution of Christians.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For the small number of Christians who have come to Jesus from the Islamic faith
  • For restoration of a functioning government which will give freedom to all faiths
  • An end to the civil war, famine and drought which has plagued the nation since 1991

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