Pray for: Somalia-Religious freedom; cessation of armed conflict; defeat of al-Shabbab terrorist organization; freedom from governmental oppression and corruption; improved conditions
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Population: 10,787,100

Rank: Central Africa: 17th; World: 79th

Languages: Somalia, Arabic
Major People Groups: Somali 94.7%, Other 5.3%

Please pray for the suffering people of Somalia. They haven't experienced lasting peace for over 20 years. They live under Sharia Law. They have experienced drought, famine and poverty. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and displaced by the civil war.

Number 7 on Open Doors' "World Watch List," after North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia is considered a "Failed State," with a 20-year Civil War still underway and Islamist rebels holding positions in government. An estimated 300,000-500,000 were killed in the war. At it's height, some 800,000 Somalians were refugees in other countries, and 2 million were displaced within the country.

It is a nation of extreme poverty, human rights abuses, corruption, conflict and terrorism.

There was a drought in the southern part of the country in the summer of 2011. It is possible that the widely-publicized famine of late summer 2011 was an attempt by the militant Islamic group Al-Shabbab to raise funds.

Somalia Government

Hassan Sheikh Mohammad, President of Somalia since 2012.

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Prime Minister of Somalia since 2014.

Somalian Parliament
Chambers Seats
Upper House 54 (pending)
Lower House 275 (pending)

Christian ministries operating

In Somalia
Somali Christian Ministries
Unleash The Unreached

There are no official Christian churches. Christian graves are regularly looted, and calling someone a Christian is a threatening epithet.

The true number of Christian believers is unknown, since converts secretly practice their faith.

In 2009, four Christian aid workers working to help orphans in the country were beheaded when they refused to convert to Islam.

There is a posture of religious freedom, yet conversion from Islam is illegal, government leaders are constitutionally required to be Muslim, and any behavior deemed divisive or "un-Islamic" is prohibited. Source

Somalia Conditions

Healthcare was socialized by a former Socialist regime. At the beginning of the civil war, (1986) the healthcare system failed. It has been replaced by informal (and much-improved) providers. Life expectancy is rising (from a low of 47 years) and infant and maternal mortality is falling. Because of the prevalence of Islam, HIV is the lowest in all of Africa, but FGM is highest. (98%)

Population Pyramid

Life expectancy in Somalia is about 55 years, and infant mortality is about 74 per thousand.

Mortality Stats

Somalia is considered a failed state. It has been embroiled in a civil war since 1985. There are three autonomous regions, (Somaliland, Puntland, and Galmudug) with their own presidents and provisional governments, which are safer and more stable than the central government. Sharia Law is the country's official judicial system, and a group of Islamist rebels, has representation in the government. Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organization, is active in the rebellion. Transparency International ranked Somalia in last place of all countries in the world for corruption.

Somalia Map

GMO's Stats on Somalia

In 2015, Global Media Outreach registered 216,245 gospel visits, 32,253 indicated decisions and 7,103 discipleship visits. We have no Online Missionaries living in Somalia.


“I WANT TO HELP,MY LIFE IS IN DANGERIOS.” —Somali contact Cadnaan Maxamed

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