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Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys

For several years, Somalia has been ruled by a number of guerrilla groups and militias based on traditional ethnic and clan loyalties. As a result, the country is considered the most lawless nation in the world. In mid-June, however, a coalition of Islamic groups referred to as the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) took control of the capital, Mogadishu, along with the southern cities of Jawhar and Baidoa. As the ICU takes increasing control of the country, many international observers have seen this as a positive move that will bring stability to the country. For Christians and other religious minorities, however, the rise of this militant Islamic power with alleged links to al-Qaeda is a matter of grave concern.

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, head of the ICU, has publicly stated that Sharia law will be enforced upon all citizens. Islamic militias have reportedly begun forcing Islamic dress codes and practices upon the citizens. There have also been recent reports that children of Somali Christian refugees living in Kenya have been kidnapped by Muslim relatives and taken to Islamic institutions in Somalia for "rehabilitation."

Pray for VOMC as we are presently strategizing on how we can most effectively minister to the church in Somalia. Pray that Sharia law will not be forced on the people of Somalia. Pray that the children who have been taken from their families will be returned safely.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Somalia, click here.

Country Information

12,094,640 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Somali (85), Bantu and other non-Somali (15)

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), Christianity (0.3), other (0.1)

President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed (2017)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil law, Islamic law, and customary law (referred to as Xeer)

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Somalia

Please join us in praying for our ministry partners who are effectively reaching Somalians through the multiple radio broadcasts, specifically asking God to further strengthen and equip them so they can continue with their vital outreach work. Also, pray that the hearts of those yearning to learn more about the Lord will be greatly encouraged through the broadcast messages. May these spiritual seekers be shielded from all harm, while their lives are being radically transformed by the ongoing work of His Holy Spirit.


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Somalia News

  • Arrested Couple Released
    People in Somalia

    On September 21st, police in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland detained a Christian couple. They were described as "apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity." To view a previously published report on the arrest, go to this page.

  • Christian Couple Arrested
    Somali children

    At an October 5th news conference, police in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland announced that a Christian couple had been arrested for being "apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity." On September 21st, the two were taken from their home in Hargeisa where police also found C

  • Spreading God's Light to the Somali People

    Radio equipment

    Paul, a Somali Christian brother, is faithfully recording messages of his faith to be posted on YouTube. Another Somali man recently came to faith in Christ after Jesus appeared to him in a dream. And yet another dreamed that Jesus told him to read the Bible; he has since accepted Christ as his Savi

  • Al-Shabaab Increases Terrorist Attacks

    Soldiers in Somalia
    Although the army is combatting terrorism, the true battle is a spiritual one.

    The Somalia-based terrorist group, al-Shabaab, has overtaken Nigeria's Boko Haram as Africa's deadliest militant group, according to new figures from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.

    The data, compiled by