Saturday, October 17, 2009

Imprisoned Christian in Somaliland on Hunger Strike



Convert from Islam jailed for allegedly distributing Christian literature.


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 16 (CDN) — A convert from Islam in Somalia’s self-declared state of Somaliland has staged a hunger strike to protest his transfer to a harsh prison in a remote part of the country.


Osman Nour Hassan was arrested on Aug. 3 for allegedly providing Christian literature in Pepsi village, on the outskirts of the breakaway region’s capital city, Hargeisa. On Sept. 9 authorities transferred him from Hargeisa to Mandere prison, 60 kilometers (37 miles) away – a difficult, week-long trip for visitors that is expensive by Somali standards.


“Hassan is in really terrible shape,” a Christian source told Compass. “He is very discouraged.”


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