Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Somali Christian Women Pay High Price to Follow Christ

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ said that there would be lots of conflict when someone decided to swear their whole allegiance to Him:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have cme to set a man against his father, an a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household.  Matt. 9:34-36

We see those words being fulfilled as seen in this article. By the way, I thank the Lord Jesus for the willingness of these women to cling to the faith:

11/11/2011 Somalia (National Review) – Last year, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an avowed atheist from Somalia, challenged Christians to redouble their efforts to evangelize Muslims. But for Somali women I recently met in Kenya, quietly clinging to their faith may be the only way they can respond to Ali’s challenge.

The women, who had fled to Nairobi from war in Somalia, are Christians who have paid the price for their faith not because they were bold in proclaiming it, but because they were unable to hide it. Before our translator showed up, I found myself waiting with some of them in silence, wondering if I should break the language/culture/gender barrier by showing them photos of my wife and baby.

I was glad I didn’t. There was Amina, a 28-year-old refugee from Mogadishu whose husband divorced her after kicking her and their four-year-old son out of the house when she converted to Christianity; he’s now threatening to take the boy away from her. There was Shukri, whose husband was killed by Islamic extremists from the al Shabaab rebels fighting the transitional government in Somalia; her late husband’s mother took her twin girls, born 2006, to keep them from being raised Christian.

There was Kamila, who lost her truck-driver husband to an accident and who still bears the knife scars on her mouth and chin from her fellow Somali women; the brother of her late husband had sent them to attack her as part of his attempt to snatch her then five-month-old baby from her. According to custom, the brother should attain all of her late husband’s property, including her son, in order to keep him from being raised a Christian. A court ruled that the baby should stay with Kamila until he is weaned, and she took that opportunity to escape with him to another area near Nairobi; he is now five.

There was Sahra, who wears a full-body burqa in her Somali neighborhood in Nairobi to keep from being recognized and abused. Her husband was killed in fighting in Mogadishu in 2006. Her relatives have cut her off because of her Christian faith, and she said she can feel the same shunning from her fellow expatriates. “When they see you are low-income and have left your religion, they see you as sick in the head,” said the mother of two young daughters who survives by working odd jobs(Source).

1 comment:

  1. I just can not how bad our Christian brothers are treated.