Somalia: Christians beheaded in Somalia. Daughters watch

March 21, 2014 by  
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al-shabaab-militantsAfrica, March 19, 2014: A mother of two and her cousin were publicly executed in Somalia after al-Shabaab militants found out they were Christians.

Sadia Ali Omar (41) and Osman Mohamoud Moge (35) were beheaded in Barawa in the Lower Shebelle Region on 4 March.

Residents were called to witness the executions, and Sadia’s two daughters, aged 8 and 15, were among those subjected to the
gruesome spectacle; the youngest cried out for someone to save her mother.

The girls have been left orphans as their father died after falling ill in 2011. Fearing for their safety, a family friend has
helped them to relocate to a different area.

One resident told Morning Star News that an al-Shabaab militant announced before the killings:
We know these two people are Christians who recently came back from Kenya. We want to wipe out any underground Christian living inside of mujahidin area.

Al-Shabaab, which is said to have spies throughout Somalia, became suspicious of Sadia and Osman because of their irregular
attendance at the mosque for Friday prayers.

Having lived in Christian-majority Kenya, the pair would have been treated with extra suspicion. Sadia returned to Somalia in
January 2013, having lived in Eastleigh on the outskirts of Nairobi for seven years. Osman, who helped take care of Sadia’s
daughters, came with her.

Kenya has been a leading force in military efforts to drive al-Shabaab out of Somalia, and the militants have retaliated with
deadly attacks on Kenyan soil, most notably the siege at theWestgate shopping centre in September 2013 in which dozens of non-
Muslims were killed.

Al-Shabaab is fighting to establish a radical Islamic state in East Africa, and despite having been driven out of most major
population centres in Somalia, it continues to control some rural areas in the centre and south, where it strictly implements
sharia law using stonings, amputations and floggings. It has been launching deadly assaults against government and military
targets.

The group is particularly hostile to Christianity and has vowed to rid Somalia of its tiny Christian presence. Al-Shabaab has
killed dozens of Christians since 2008, when it seized control of central and southern.

– barnabas team

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