SOMALI MOTHER OF 4 KILLED (POSTED SEP 2011)
On January 7, 2011 My Heart Bleeds learnt of a mother in Mogadish, Somalia who was killed for converting to Christianity. Asha Mberwa, 36, was dragged from her home into the street and had her throat cut in front of other villagers who had come out to see what was happening. Asha has left behind her husband and four children aged 12, 8, 6 and 4.
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Al Shabaab militants killed a mother of four for her Christian faith on Jan. 7, 2011 on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia.
A relative, who requested anonymity, said Asha Mberwa, 36, was killed at 5:15 p.m. in Warbhigly village; the Islamic extremists from the insurgent group had arrested her outside her house the previous day at 8:30 a.m. Asha died when the militants cut her throat in front of villagers who came out of their homes as witnesses.
Asha is survived by her children – ages 12, 8, 6 and 4 – and her husband, who was not home at the time she was killed. They had married in 1993.
Her relative, whose location is also withheld for security reasons, said he had phoned her on Jan. 5 to try to make arrangements for moving her family out of the area. Al Shabaab extremists, who control large parts of Mogadishu, were able to monitor the conversation and confirm that she had become a Christian, he said.
He told Compass by phone that Asha feared that she and her family members’ lives were threatened.
“Asha had been receiving threatening messages” after al Shabaab monitored her previous communications with him, he said.
Her husband, Abdinazir, fled to an unknown location. Asha’s relative said a “good Samaritan” in Mogadishu was caring for her four children. The traumatized children continue to weep and cry out for their mother.
Al Shabaab insurgents control much of southern and central Somalia and have embarked on a campaign to rid the country of its hidden Christian population. With estimates of al Shabaab’s size ranging from 3,000 to 7,000, the insurgents seek to impose a strict version of sharia (Islamic law).
Al Shabaab was among several splinter groups that emerged after Ethiopian forces removed the Islamic Courts Union, a group of sharia courts, from power in Somalia in 2006. Said to have ties with al Qaeda, al Shabaab has been designated a terrorist organization by several western governments.
The transitional government in Mogadishu fighting to retain control of the country treats Christians little better than the al Shabaab insurgents do. While proclaiming himself a moderate, President Sheikh Sharif Sheik Ahmed has embraced a version of sharia that mandates the death penalty for those who leave Islam.
1. Pray for Asha’s Children who have lost their mother and have no father at the moment as he has fled the town to an unknown location.
2. Pray that Asha’s husband would be able to handle the grief and return to his children who need their father.
3. Pray that Gods peace would transform and change the lives of the insurgents.
4. Pray for other Christians in Somalia who face fierce persecution for following Jesus.
Submit your encouragement !
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