Al-Shabab Bans Three Christian Aid Agencies.
Somalia radical militant group Al-Shabab has banned three Christian aid agencies from operating in the African country ordering them to leave Somalia immediately.
Al-Shabab said that these three humanitarian organizations were spreading Christianity within the Muslim communities in Somalia. “As of today, all the organizations listed below can no longer operate inside Somalia: World Vision, ADRA, Diakonia,” Reuters reported, citing a statement by Al-Shabab’s Office for Supervision of Affairs of Foreign Agencies.
It added that the organizations have been found to be actively propagating Christianity in “this Muslim country Somalia.”
“Acting as missionaries under the guise of humanitarian work, the organizations have been spreading their corrupted ideologies in order to taint the pure creed of Muslims in Somalia,” the statement added.
Al-Shabab fighters also warned that other agencies promoting the Christian faith would be expelled.
Local employees of two of the organizations who asked to remain anonymous told AFP that Al-Shabab officials had already confiscated equipment from some offices in several towns, including Baidoa and Wajid.
This incident comes as the United Nations and other international organizations will return to Somalia within the next two months after an absence of more than 17 years.
The Shabab, which controls much of southern and central Somalia, have been fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed AU/UN Transitional Federal Government, which is protected by a strong 6,000-strong African Union force.