Sunday, December 05, 2010

Girl Murdered for Believing in Jesus

Consider this a companion piece to the previous post, Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

Somali Teenage Girl Shot to Death for Embracing Christ
    A 17-year-old girl in Somalia who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death last week in an apparent “honor killing,” area sources said.
    [...]
    Relatives buried Farah, sources said. Her parents had severely beaten her for leaving Islam and regularly shackled her to a tree at their home, Christian sources said. She had been confined to her home in Gedo region in southern Somalia since May 10, when her family found out that she had embraced Christianity, said a Christian leader who visited the area (see “Family of 17-Year-Old Somali Girl Abuses Her for Leaving Islam,” June 15).

    Her parents also took her to a doctor who prescribed medication for a “mental illness,” he said. Alarmed by her determination to keep her faith, her father, Hassan Kafi Ilmi, and mother, Hawo Godane Haf, decided she had gone crazy and forced her to take the prescribed medication, but it had no effect in swaying her from her faith, the source said.

    Traditionally, he added, many Somalis believe the Quran cures the sick, especially the mentally ill, so the Islamic scripture was recited to her twice a week.

    She had declined her family’s offer of forgiveness in exchange for renouncing Christianity, the source said. The confinement began after the medication and punishments failed.

    Area Christians had reported that Farah was shackled to a tree by day and put in a small, dark room at night.

1 comment:

Sohmer said...

When I hear and read about christians like Farah, it always makes me thankful and blessed for where I live. We complain about being persecuted here in america but it really doesn't even compare to what other people in other areas in the world have to stand up to, to be able to believe in HIM in their own home. The place where you are suppose to be the safest. It makes me even more thankful for m family. I also so always wonder if I would have what it take to stay strong thru the chaining and beatings and having ur family turn on you. I think being shot to death would be blessing at that point. Now there is no more pain or suffering and she has joined her true father that will never beat her or treat her like she is mentally ill, but hold her close and love her for eternity. I pray that God gives me the strength that Farah had...