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Islamist Killings Of Christians On The Rise In Somalia


ICC – “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.

Last month, two masked men killed Ahmed Ali Jimale, a 42-year old businessman, teacher and medical consultant. Jimale used to give private lessons on medicine and first aid, blending his teaching with discussions on the Bible and the Koran. He was shot to death in a hit-and-run killing while standing outside his house, near a police station. He is survived by his wife and 4 children, aged 10, 8, 6 and 4.

Jimale, like all Christians in Somalia, was an underground Christian. His teaching is believed to have drawn the attention of the Islamic extremists, Al Shabaab, who began to suspect that he was guilty of ‘apostasy’ and began sending him death threats. Towards the end of 2012, he received warnings on his cellphone, such as: ‘We have been monitoring your activities’ and ‘You have to stop introducing the children to foreign Christian religion, as well as your close working relation with a foreign organization, otherwise we shall come for your head.’

At the time, Jimale was an employee of an NGO that often worked with Christians and westerners, both considered by extremists to be enemies of the state. After Al Shabaab was ousted from the region by the Somali National Army and the Kenya Defense Forces, Jimale was emboldened to discuss religion with greater freedom and fewer inhibitions. This, along with his constant partnership with ‘foreigners’ and Christians, allegedly led to his murder. His wife is said to be frightened for her own life and the future of her children…

Somalia has a nearly 100 percent Muslim population and anyone who converts to Christianity is deemed, by extremists, to be guilty of apostasy and deserving of death. Jimale’s murder is the latest in a series of killings of Christians who were suspected of leaving Islam to follow a ‘foreign religion.'” Read more.

Flashback: Somalia: Muslims Gather To Watch Convert To Christianity Beheaded By Al-Shabaab Islamists – “Islamic extremists from Somalia’s rebel Al-Shabaab militants on Friday (Nov. 16) killed a Christian in Somalia’s coastal city of Barawa, accusing him of being a spy and leaving Islam, Christian and Muslim witnesses said. The extremists beheaded 25-year-old Farhan Haji Mose after monitoring his movements for six months, Christian sources said… A crowd assembled in the coastal city on Friday morning to watch the slaughter of Mose…” Read more.

Flashback: Al-Shabaab Vows To Continue Killing Those Who Do Not Worship Allah – “Somalia militia group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s twin attacks on two churches in Garissa County that left 17 people dead… An Al-Shabaab loyalist Sheikh Hassan Takar said that the militia killed people who did not profess allegiance to Allah. ‘The mujahedeen (holy warriors) punished with their hands those believing and worshipping other than Allah,’ he said. ‘The militants will continue until such practice is eliminated.’ He added” Read more.

Flashback: Somalia: Muslim Extremists from Al Shabaab Behead Another Christian for Leaving Islam – “Islamic extremists from the rebel al Shabaab militia in Somalia beheaded a Christian on the outskirts of Mogadishu last month, sources said. The militants fighting the transitional government in Mogadishu murdered Zakaria Hussein Omar, 26, on Jan. 2 in Cee-carfiid village, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) outside of the Somali capital, they said. Omar had worked for a Christian humanitarian organization that al Shabaab banned last year.” Read more.

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