(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)


Omar Khalafe
Photo from Compass Direct

A 69-year-old Somali Christian man was shot dead by members of al-Shabaab, a Muslim militant group, on September 15 when Bibles were found in his possession, according to a September 18 report from Compass Direct. At approximately 10:30 a.m., a bus that Omar Khalafe was riding was stopped by militants at a checkpoint near the city of Merca. When the militants discovered 25 Somali Bibles in one of the bags -- Bibles that Khalafe was hoping to deliver to an underground fellowship -- they demanded to know who owned them. The passengers remained silent. The assailants then used photos they found in the bag to determine if they could match the faces to any passengers. When they noticed a resemblance to Khalafe, they asked if the Bibles were his. He did not respond and was shot and killed. Khalafe's body was brought to Merca and the Bibles were placed on him as a warning to others. Later that day, a militant reported Khalafe's death on a radio program. Khalafe, who had been a Christian for 45 years, was active in sharing the Good News and baptizing converts from Islam. He is mourned by his wife and seven children.

Thank God for the life and testimony of Omar Khalafe. Pray that his family will know that God is the defender of widows and a Father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5). Pray for peace in war-torn Somalia.

Find out more about the persecution Christians are facing in Somalia at the Somalia Country Report.

Country Information

Population
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)

Leader
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.

end

Select a Region

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

    ...