DADAAB, Kenya, December 10 (Compass Direct News) – A Somali Christian put in a refugee camp police cell here for defending his family against Islamic zealots has been released after Christians helped raise the 20,000 Kenya shilling fine (US$266) that a camp “court” demanded for his conversion dishonoring Islam and its prophet, Muhammad.
But for Salat Sekondo Mberwa of Mogadishu, the war-torn capital of Somalia, this was not the highest price he has had to pay for leaving Islam. A few weeks ago Muslim zealots shot Mberwa in the shoulder and left him for dead, and he and other refugees told of hired Muslim gangs in Somalia raping and killing converts, denying them access to water and, in the refugee camp, burning their homes. “I thank God that I am alive,” a timid and worried Mberwa said. more..http://compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=5724&backpage=summaries&critere=&countryname=&rowcur=
Top Islamist returns to Somalia
One of Somalia's main Islamist leaders has returned to the Somali capital two years after being driven from power. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) was ousted by the Ethiopian-backed interim government. His arrival follows a deal, between the government and the opposition movement he now leads, which should see Ethiopia withdraw its forces later this month. The Islamist al-Shabab insurgent group that controls much of southern Somalia has not signed up to the peace deal. Correspondents say Mr Ahmed was regarded as the more moderate of the leaders in the UIC, the group which ruled most of the country for the second half of 2006. .. more..http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7775697.stm
Sharif back in Mogadishu as death toll hits 16,210
US concerned about terror safe haven in Somalia, Yemen
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff Admiral Michael Mullen said Wednesday he was "extremely worried" about potential safe havens for terrorists in Somalia and Yemen.
"A significant objective in Afghanistan and Pakistan is to not have a safe haven, and I am concerned about the potential for a safe haven in Somalia as I am in Yemen," Mullen said at a Pentagon press conference.
"I try to pay a lot of attention to the evolution of potential safe havens, these two in particular," said Mullen, the highest-ranking US military officer and the top military adviser to the president.more..http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g6SdFuTom4rYQd42d_bsgO8IHU4A