5-5-5 Challenge: Somalia

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]The atmosphere in most Somali cities is chaotic yet functional. Even though an education policy does not exist, private schools are thriving. These are run on various curricula, depending on the founder’s education background. It seems with the reasonably working public transport, brisk business at the markets, electricity and running water, Somalis are trying hard to find a constructive middle ground amidst the hostile environment.

Seeing people get shot is such a normal part of daily life that no one seems to take notice anymore. They simply wait for the bodies to be cleared only to resume business as quickly as possible. With no justice system in place, there is no room for fist fights or slaps. Armed violence is common and is used to deal with disagreements which generally end in death. Many times more deaths follow when the deceased’s fellow gang members retaliate.

The hardest part to understand is the fact that the human life seems to have lost its value. Everyone accepts that they can die any moment.

It is astounding that there is a Church at all. When these believers embraced Christ, they embraced martyrdom. They are prepared to pay the price for their faith. However, one should not think the complications don’t affect them. The believers remain in tremendous need of our prayers.

Source >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

It is too dangerous for Christians to meet openly in this strictly Islamic state. Terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab target converts to Christianity and strive to eliminate them. Aid workers, Christian or otherwise, require tight security due to the risk of abduction. The election of a new parliament and president in 2012 created a framework for a more legitimate government. However, for persecuted Christians the future still looks bleak, as the provisional constitution does not allow for religious freedom.


  • Al-Shabaab, which is backed by al-Qaeda, remains a serious threat. Pray that its influence will diminish
  • That Christian radio programs will bring hope to isolated believers and those who are seeking God
  • Some of those who have returned to Somalia following the political changes have been exposed to Christianity. Pray this will bring more tolerance towards Christians.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Atmosfer di kebanyakan kota di Somalia adalah kekacauan. Meskipun tidak ada kebijakan tentang pendidikan, sekolah-sekolah swasta menjamur. Sekolah-sekolah ini menggunakan kurikulum yang berbeda-beda, tergantung pada pendirinya. Penduduk Somalia bekerja keras di tengah lingkungan yang tidak mendukung.

Melihat orang yang mati ditembak adalah hal yang biasa sehari-hari. Mereka hanya menunggu mayat disingkirkan kemudian melanjutkan aktivitas. Tidak adanya sistem hukum yang jelas mengakibatkan hal ini. Kekerasan bersenjata semakin sering terjadi di antara geng-geng. Masalah yang terbesar adalah hilangnya nilai-nilai kemanusiaan di sana. Hal membunuh dan dibunuh sudah menjadi biasa.

Sumber >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Meskipun Gereja ada di sana, sangatlah berbahaya bagi orang Kristen untuk mengadakan ibadah di negara Islam ini. Kelompok Al-Shabaab menargetkan para petobat baru dan siap membunuh. Para pekerja kemanusiaan, baik orang Kristen ataupun bukan, harus siap menjadi target penculikan. Konstitusi negara ini tidak menjamin kebebasan beragama, maka Kekristenan di sana masih dalam bahaya besar,


  • Al-Shabaab, yang didukung oleh Al-Qaeda, masih merupakan ancaman yang serius. Berdoa supaya pengaruh kelompok teroris ini di Somalia semakin berkurang.
  • Supara program-program radio Kristen bisa menjangkau mereka yang terisolasi dan yang mencari kebenaran Kristus.
  • Berdoa supaya perubahan politik juga membawa perubahan perlakuan terhadap Gereja di sana.

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]


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