The al-Shabaab terror group has been causing continuous threats against Somalia. Despite this, the African Union has started withdrawing its peacekeeping force in Somalia.
This terrorist group has sparked panic among the country’s security leadership, which requested a three-month delay to the drawdown. It is because the officials feared that al-Shabaab could overrun the country. According to them, it will be advisable that the U.N. Security Council extends the A.U. mandate. Somalia lacks enough troops to fend off the threat on its own.
Experts in Somalia think that it will be a challenging time for Somalia to take over from the peacekeepers. Pray for God’s guidance and favor to bring the expected change in Somalia. Pray for the empowerment of Christian Believers by the grace of God to withstand any form of opposition (The Bible, 2 Samuel 21:1).
Following the mob rampage in August that destroyed 19 churches and almost 90 homes of Christian families, authorities arrested around 160 people connected with the mobs. Security forces swung into action, and families who lost their homes received financial assistance to rebuild. Despite these positive moves, many Christians lost their jobs because of being identified as Christians, and churches meet for worship services in the street as the church buildings remain in ruins. Pray that this community will find its feet again. Pray for fears to diminish and for the healing of trauma. Pray for protection and courage in the face of Persecution (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13).
Source: Persecution in Pakistan (World)