WHERE is the hardest place in the world to be a Christian citizen? North Korea, perhaps? Saudi Arabia? Try Somalia. There are thought to be no more than a thousand Christians in a resident population of 8m people, with perhaps a few thousand more in the diaspora. The Islamist Shabab militia, which controls most of southern Somalia, is dedicated to hunting them down.
Christian men attend mosques on Fridays, so as not to arouse suspicion. Bibles are kept hidden. There are no public meetings, let alone a church. Catholic churches and cemeteries have been destroyed. The last nuns in the smashed capital, Mogadishu, were chased out in 2007. The year before, an elderly nun working in a hospital there was murdered. The only Christian believers left are local Somalis.
“It is amazing to see the level of Christians persecution in the hands of Muslims. Where are the 53 OIC member states? – As the organization of Muslim countries, which Somalia being one of its members, they have a responsibility to stop this human right abuse. If they can't, how about OIC addresses the UN Human Rights Commission for assistance?” (Readers comment)