Christian persecution

Since 2012, more than 600 people have been killed in Kenya by the Shabab, an extremist group based in Somalia and affiliated with Al Qaeda. Last week, we were asking ourselves what ISIS is and what is doing to the world. There is not just an Islamic terrorist group in Syria and Iraq but also in Somalia from where Al Shabab is.

Al-Shabab was most known the last 2 of April when it killed 147 students from the University of Garissa, Kenya.  It was the bloodiest attempt from that terrorist group since its formation in 2007.
The University was located in the North east of Kenya, frontier with Somalia. Al-Shabab entered the University of Garissa by asking the students if they were muslims or non-muslims, they give freedom to those who were muslims and they killed the ones who weren’t. The terrorist group killed 147 non-muslim students from 815 total students.


This is an article written the 3rd of April, when al-Shabab killed 147 non-muslim students from Garissa University, Kenya. It is an article written by the BBC that asks “Who are Somalia’s al-Shabab?” The terrorist Islamic group is a radical youth group from Somalia that has carried a numerous attacks to its neighbor Kenya. The BBC answers questions as what is al-Shabab doing in Kenya? How much of Somalia al-Shabab control?

“The Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahidin—commonly known as al-Shabaab—was the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006”. The roots of al-Shaabab written by the Counter Terrorism Guide, a US guides that analyze issues pertaining to international terrorism. Unless the Somali Council of Islamic Courts has defeated, al-Shabab continues with violence and insurgency in southern and central Somalia and also in Kenya.

“A small group of militants, most likely between four and 10, roved from dorm to dorm, separating Christian from Muslim students and killing the Christians” The New York Times explains in this article the Somali al-Shabab terrorist attack to Garissa University students, emphasizing the division the terrorist group made between muslims and Christians.

Somalia is the second Christian persecuted country in the world, before North Corea. This is the World Watch List of 2015, which scores the Christian persecution in the world every year.


Alicia Lanau


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