FORCED TO MARRY A MUSLIM SHEIKH–CHRISTIAN WOMEN IN SOMALIA FACE DOUBLE PERSECUTION

Out of the 14 million civilians in Somalia (ranked #3 on the 2018 World Watch List), there are an estimated few hundred Christians. For these few believers, their faith could mean death.
Ayan is praying for a miracle.
She knows that without it, her life will be a living nightmare. The 19-year-old young Christian woman from Somalia is set to be married off to an elderly Somali sheikh (patriarch in an Islamic tribe). The forced marriage is her Muslim family’s attempt to coerce Ayan into renouncing her Christian faith and return to Islam.
For Ayan, the marriage to a man three to four times her age goes beyond marrying someone she doesn’t love. She knows that it will most likely mean a lifetime of abuse and most definitely will severely stifle any attempt to secretly gather with other believers. A 2014 report from Pakistan sheds light on the fate of women forced to convert and marry Muslim. The report says “forced conversion and marriage begets further violence as victims are subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking or sale, or domestic abuse.”… more

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