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Somali Christian in Kenya Beaten, Thrown Off Fourth-Floor Balcony

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Kenya (Morning Star News) – A secret Christian of Somali ancestry is still in pain as he recovers from a Muslim extremist attack here that left him in a coma for five days.

Five Somali immigrant Muslims on Aug. 15 threw Mohammed Ali, a 30-year-old convert from Islam, from a fourth-story apartment building in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area, according to a friend.  Ali, who lives in another area and is receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital, was helping the friend to move.

“Mohammed left Eastleigh six years ago after escaping an attack,” said his wife, whose name is undisclosed for security reasons. “I had been telling him to be careful of the Muslims at Eastleigh, as they are not happy with his conversion to Christianity.”

Ali and his wife have two daughters, 5 and 3.

Ali and the friend were waiting at the friend’s place in Eastleigh, which has a large population of Somali immigrants, for a vehicle to transport household items in the move. Told to wait until 5 p.m., at that hour they called the driver, who said he was held up in a traffic jam. They continued to wait.

At 9 p.m., they heard a knock on the door. Ali’s friend, whose name is undisclosed for security reasons, went to open it thinking the driver of the transport vehicle had arrived. As he opened the door, one of five men told him, “We are looking for Mohammed,” the friend said.

Ali’s friend told them that it was late and that they should come back to see him early in the morning, but they pushed their way in, pulled Ali out of the room and threw him over a balcony from the fourth-floor apartment building.

His speech and memory impaired, Ali was able to speak with Morning Star News for no more than one minute.

“I just found myself in the hospital bed,” he said. “How I got into the hospital, I do not know.”

A doctor at the hospital said Ali’s bladder was injured. A deep wound to his stomach appeared to indicate he had been slashed with a knife.

Ali said someone may have set him up to be attacked. His wife and others said they believe he was deliberately made to wait at his friend’s place in order to provide a more isolated moment for the assailants to try to kill him.

“My husband left the house and did not come back, and that very day I received a telephone call from the police informing me that Mohammed had been attacked,” his wife said.

The hospital bill has surpassed 100,000 Kenyan shillings (US$1,110), she added.

“I am appealing to well-wishers to help us settle the hospital bill as well as support us at this trying moment,” she said.

Ali, born to Somalis in northern Kenya, has served as a Bible teacher and discipleship mentor for the Somali church in an undisclosed area of Nairobi. He said he became a Christian 15 years ago.

Members of the underground Christian community in Nairobi – most Somalis even in Kenya cannot worship openly before their immigrant countrymen, as leaving Islam is a crime punishable by death in Somalia – said that Ali’s survival was a miracle.

Kenya is 83 percent Christian while only 8 percent are Muslim, according to Operation World.

Morning Star News

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