Friday, May 9, 2008


Islamic extremists shot and killed a Muslim-background Christian on April 22 in Baidawa, a town in southern Somalia 149 miles from the capital, Mogadishu.David Abdulwahab Mohamed Ali, 29, reportedly was approached by members of the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab,(picture left) one of whom was his cousin, and asked whether he was a Muslim or an infidel, according to a report from the human rights group International Christian Concern. When he replied he was neither but was a follower of "the Messiah," the three men shot him to death.In Somalia's strict Muslim society, conversion to Christianity brings shame to one's family and the convert often is killed to avenge family honor.Ali decided to follow Christ in 1995 when he was a refugee living in Yemen. Authorities there sentenced him to death for becoming a Christian and he had to flee to Ethiopia for fear of his life. Ali had traveled to Somalia to visit family.Ali was the fourth Christian killed in the past six months by al-Shabab, which is a militant group linked to al-Qaeda, according to ICC. Al-Shabab wants to establish an Islamic state in Somalia and is on the United States' list of terrorist organizations.
As in the days of Noah...

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