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Abdikhani Hassan, a Christian Somali man, was shot and killed on October 20th by two young men. The assailants shot Abdikhani seven times as he was walking home after closing his pharmacy. Before his death, one of the gunmen told Abdikhani's neighbour, "We have information that (he) is spreading wrong religion to our people, and we are looking for him."

Authorities have arrested several men in connection with the murder and are continuing to investigate. Abdikhani is survived by his pregnant wife, as well as their five children who range in age from three to 12.

As Abdikhani's family mourns, pray that they will know and trust God as the "defender of widows" and a "Father to the fatherless" (Psalm 68:5). May other believers in Somalia not give in to fear in the face of this violence, but remain steadfast in their faith. Ask God to work in the lives of the two gunmen, softening their hearts so they will be receptive to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

For a short video with testimonies of Somali believers, as well as information on how VOMC provides safe refuge for endangered converts, visit this page. For more information on Somalia's persecuted church, please visit 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.

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