Boy, 7, hospitalized after Muslim teens attack him for father’s faith

DHOBLEY, Somalia — A 7-year-old boy was hospitalized for three days after male Muslim teenagers attacked him for his father’s Christian faith.

The attack occurred after the father finished a Bible study Oct. 9 with other underground Christians in Dhobley.

The father has been targeted since leaving Islam eight years ago.

In 2012, he fled from another country to Kenya. There, a German missionary couple told him about Jesus and the man later accepted Jesus. His wife accepted Christ in 2013. The couple have been attacked and persecuted repeatedly since then, often by the woman’s father.

Her father beat her, causing a miscarriage; kidnapped her twice; kept her from her husband for three years; and plotted with other Muslims to kill her husband.

Islamic pressure caused the family of seven to move to Dhobley in July and then relocate twice more.

Somalia is No. 3 and Kenya is No. 44 on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of places where it is most difficult to be a Christian.

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