Somali Christian Refugees in Kenya Face Increasing Persecution

October 5, 2006 at 4:56 pm 1 comment

Via The Christian Post

Somali Christian refugees in Kenya continue to face increasing attacks from Somali groups and struggle to receive adequate assistance to survive, according to reports received by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

Statistics reveal that more than 3,400 Somalis have sought refuge in Kenya in the last three weeks, bringing the tally to almost 25,000 since the beginning of the year.

It appears that as the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) gains further ground in Somalia, there is a corresponding increase in attacks on Somali Christians in Kenya by UIC supporters. According to local sources, there are “many proxy representatives of the Islamic Shari’ah Courts in Nairobi.”

One Somali Christian refugee, who CSW referred to as “A,” left Somalia with his family in fear of his life. Since their arrival in Kenya, A’s family has repeatedly been threatened by supporters of the UIC.

In addition, three of A’s children have been abducted by his Muslim relatives and allegedly returned to Somalia where they may have been forced to enroll in a “rehabilitation” center. Two more of his children were abducted, but were rescued when the authorities were pressured to act.

A is currently recovering from an assault in July that left him comatose, yet on Sept. 27, A and his family were attacked again, reported CSW.

“Having suffered already in Somalia, these Christian refugees face a double tragedy when they encounter further hardship and persecution in Kenya,” said Tina Lambert, Advocacy Director for CSW. Local sources indicate that the Kenyan office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) may not have provided enough support to Somali Christians. Since the UNHCR’s central office in Switzerland takes its lead from the Kenya office, the organization has been slow in taking effective action.

“Their situation is deeply concerning,” Lambert continued, “and it is vital that the international community mobilize behind the UNHCR to ensure urgent protection for these Somali refugees and their families.”

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  • 1. Larry  |  October 9, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    It’s really shocking that these people should face so much persecution even if they think they have come to safe ground in Kenya. They should receive some form of prootection or less and less people will get converted to Christanity.
    And the UIC should not be allowed to have so much clout in Kenya. But then again, our govt being what it is, not much is gonna happen.

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