Most from this country believe that to be Somali is to be Muslim, so those who come to Christ are seen as denying their religion as well as their entire nationality. After years of drought and civil war, more Somalis live outside of Somalia than within it. Those who've emigrated believe that any place where groups of Somalis are located must still be governed by Somali law. Therefore, any  Christian missionary or convert residing in a Somali community anywhere else in the world faces severe persecution regardless of the national laws. However, the dispersion of Somalis has also created unique opportunities for the Gospel to spread among this African people group. Since God's Word has become more accessible, there are more Somali believers today around the world than ever before. Many of them are passionate about sharing their faith with fellow Somalis.

Life for Christians

As there are no church buildings in Somalia, and it's extremely dangerous to be a Christian in this part of the world, the number of secret believers may be larger than we know.  Because there is little trust between the people of this country, believers do not readily reveal their faith. Otherwise, when discovered, they are immediately killed by those in allegiance to the al-Shabab terrorist group. In fact, Christians are more likely to be killed by a militant family member than to be imprisoned.

Country Information

12,094,640 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Somali (85), Bantu and other non-Somali (15)

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), Christianity (0.3), other (0.1)

President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed (2017)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil law, Islamic law, and customary law (referred to as Xeer)

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Somalia

Please join us in praying for our ministry partners who are effectively reaching Somalians through the multiple radio broadcasts, specifically asking God to further strengthen and equip them so they can continue with their vital outreach work. Also, pray that the hearts of those yearning to learn more about the Lord will be greatly encouraged through the broadcast messages. May these spiritual seekers be shielded from all harm, while their lives are being radically transformed by the ongoing work of His Holy Spirit.


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Somalia News

  • Arrested Couple Released
    People in Somalia

    On September 21st, police in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland detained a Christian couple. They were described as "apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity." To view a previously published report on the arrest, go to this page.

  • Christian Couple Arrested
    Somali children

    At an October 5th news conference, police in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland announced that a Christian couple had been arrested for being "apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity." On September 21st, the two were taken from their home in Hargeisa where police also found C

  • Spreading God's Light to the Somali People

    Radio equipment

    Paul, a Somali Christian brother, is faithfully recording messages of his faith to be posted on YouTube. Another Somali man recently came to faith in Christ after Jesus appeared to him in a dream. And yet another dreamed that Jesus told him to read the Bible; he has since accepted Christ as his Savi

  • Al-Shabaab Increases Terrorist Attacks

    Soldiers in Somalia
    Although the army is combatting terrorism, the true battle is a spiritual one.

    The Somalia-based terrorist group, al-Shabaab, has overtaken Nigeria's Boko Haram as Africa's deadliest militant group, according to new figures from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.

    The data, compiled by