Shebab bans three NGOs for propagating Christianity


Somalia’s Al-Shebab has banned three foreign aid groups it claims are propagating Christianity in the country. Equipment has already been seized from offices, reports say.


A statement on Al-Shebab’s website Sunday said that the three organisations - World

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Vision, the Adventist Development and Relief Organisation and Diakonia - have been found to be “actively propagating Christianity in the Muslim country” and declared that they “can no longer operate inside Somalia”.

The Al-Qaeda-linked group, which claimed responsibility for last month’s Kampala bombings, has already issued similar bans on NGOs, including UN agencies.

"Acting as missionaries under the guise of humanitarian work, the organisations have been spreading their corrupted ideologies in order to taint the pure creed of the Muslims in Somalia," the site said.

Local employees of two of the organisations have told the AFP wire service that Shebab members have already confiscated equipment from offices in several towns, including Baidoa and Wajid.

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