World Watch List Rank: 3
Leader: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
Population: 11.1 million (Hundreds of Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Federal republic
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/Tribal antagonism
"Lord, we pray for protection for secret believers in Somalia, and for wisdom for them to know who to trust. We thank you for the gospel reaching Somalia through radio broadcasts. "
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The militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has publicly declared that it "wants Somalia free of any Christians".
Those who are suspected of being Christians are frequently killed on the spot, meaning Christians must keep their faith completely secret. Believers are often isolated, and at most will meet in small groups. They cannot own Bibles, as this could put them in danger.
Islam is enshrined as the state religion in the nation's constitution, making apostasy (converting to a new religion) illegal, and those who attack Christians do so with impunity.
It seems impossible for anyone to come to faith in Somalia - but nothing is impossible with God. A Somali Christian told a partner that he has regular contact with camel herders, and when he had to leave he gave them a radio, tuned to a Christian station. Later he received a report that the herders listen to the radio every night.
"Those camel herders are illiterate... Nevertheless they are drinking from the spring of [life]."