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Somaliland: Police arrest two men for preaching Christianity to Muslims

Persecution of Christians in Somaliland: the Republic of Somaliland is a breakaway region of the nation of Somalia. Most of the nations of the world consider it to be part of Somalia, but Somaliland has declared its independence and maintains autonomy from the Mogadishu government.

There are virtually no Christians in Somaliland, and Islamic law (Sharia) is the law of the land, which forbids proselytizing or the preaching of any religion other than Islam. For that reason, these two Christian missionaries were arrested and could face severe penalties.

Please continue to pray that in places such as Somaliland there would by the grace of God be a new dawning of respect for religious freedom.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Somalia, see here.

“Somaliland: Spreading the Christian religion Is a Crime? Police arrest two men,” Geeska Afrika, October 5, 2020:

Somaliland police in northern Somalia have confirmed the conclusion of investigations into cases of suspected christian missionaries.

The two suspects were nabbed last week in Hargeisa following public tips off….

The spokesperson, Faisal His Elmi who spoke to the media said…”They were arrested while trying to deceive and convince locals to quit their Islam religion, immediately the law enforcement officers started investigation and now it complete,” he said.

The officer warned against any attempt to spread any other religion not Islam.

“These guys have been doing for a while but we were waiting for evidence which can us pounce on them, let this be warning to those trying to mislead the public,” he said.

Somalia is a muslim country and [it is not] permissable for non-muslim missionaries to operate in it as both religion and culture of country outlaws the move.

The country allows the christians to live peace and freely as far as they would not interfere with Islam issues.

Photo by J Hazard – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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