Somalia

Country Profile

Somalia

About Somalia

DESIGNATION: Restricted

OVERVIEW: Most Somalis believe that to be Somali is to be Muslim, so those who come to Christ are seen as denying not only their religion but also their nationality. After years of drought and civil war, more Somalis live outside Somalia than in it. Somalis believe that any place where a group of Somalis is located is Somalia and is governed by Somali law. Therefore, any Christian missionary or Christian convert in a Somali community anywhere in the world faces severe persecution regardless of the national laws. Still, the dispersion of Somali people has also created unique opportunities for the gospel to spread among them, especially through social media. They are now more reachable, and more Somali believers exist today than ever before. Many of these Somali Christians are passionate about sharing their faith with their people.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: Most Somalis are ardent Sunni Muslims.

PERSECUTOR: The al-Shabab terrorist organization and other Islamist groups persecute Christians. Family members also persecute Christians, because they see conversion as betrayal.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN SOMALIA: There are no church buildings in Somalia, and Christians do not meet regularly. It is strictly illegal to become a Christian or to evangelize. Because there is little trust between people, believers do not reveal themselves. Christians are actively hunted and, when discovered, immediately killed by al-Shabab. Christians are more likely to be killed by a family member than to be imprisoned.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bibles are illegal, and there is almost no access to the Scriptures in Somalia.

VOM WORK: VOM equips secret believers inside Somalia and supports those who carefully share their faith inside Somalia. VOM also supports social media efforts that reach inside the country.

National Flag [ 국기 ]
소말리아 | Somalia
Population [ 인구 ]
11,259,029 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Somali
  • Bantu and other non-Somali (including 30,000 Arabs)
Religion [ 종교 ]
Sunni Muslim (Islam) (official, according to the 2012 Transitional Federal Charter)
Leader [ 지도자 ]

모하메드 압둘라히 파르마조 (2017년 2월 8일 선출)

President Mohamed ABDULLAHI Mohamed “Farmaajo” (since 8 February 2017)

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]

연방 의회 공화국
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]

민법, 이슬람 법 및 관습법 혼합 법 제도 (Xeer라고 함)

Mixed legal system of civil law, Islamic law, and customary law (referred to as Xeer)

Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook

Related Books [ 연관 서적 ]
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