At an October 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 21 September, the two were taken from their home in Hargeisa where police also found Christian literature in their possession.
The police spokesperson, Faisal His Elmi, stated that the arrest came from an anonymous tip. He also threatened that “whoever dares to spread Christianity in this region should be fully aware that they won’t escape the hand of the law enforcement officers and that the spread of Christianity will not be allowed and is considered blasphemy.” He encouraged others to report Christians who share their faith.
The detained couple, who are the parents of three children, will face trial by a regional court. Their arrests and detentions have generated fear among other believers in the area, causing many of them to flee for safety. A safe house sponsored by VOM has been overwhelmed with believers seeking temporary refuge.
Sources: Middle East Concern, Geeska Afrika Online, The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray that the presence of God will be sensed by this couple and their children, reminding them to trust in Him.
- Pray the other Somali believers who have fled the area in search of safety be greatly encouraged and strengthened by God’s Word and each other.
- Pray for church leaders in this highly restricted nation, who are faithfully serving the Lord and His people.
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