Martyrs: Somali Christian Slain


Asha Mberwa, a wife and mother of four, was killed for her Christian faith on Jan. 7 near Mogadishu by al-Shabaab Muslim extremists. Asha was arrested the previous day by the insurgent group, according to a relative reporting anonymously to Compass Direct News. She died when the militants cut her throat in front of villagers who came out of their homes as witnesses.

The relative, whose location was withheld for security reasons, said he had phoned her on Jan. 5 trying to make arrangements to move her family out of the area. “Al-Shabaab extremists, who control large parts of Mogadishu, were able to monitor the conversation and confirm that she had become a Christian,” the relative said. Asha reportedly feared that she and her family were in danger.

Asha’s relative said a “good Samaritan” in Mogadishu was caring for her children, ages 12, 8, 6 and 4. Asha’s husband fled to an unknown location after Asha began receiving threatening messages.

Please Pray!

Pray that the Lord will bring comfort and peace to Asha’s family, especially her husband and children. Pray for God’s protection over Christians in Somalia as al-Shabaab is determined to rid the country of its Christians. Pray that somehow, whether through dreams and visions or through personal witness, the Lord would reveal himself to the Muslim militants and turn the tide of hate.

“And you shall be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 13:13

The Voice of the Martyrs assists Somali pastors in areas of intense persecution.

Every Wednesday I post something from Voice of the Martyrs’ Be-A-Voice Network hoping you might join in helping those in other countries who are persecuted for their faith.


  1. I look forward to meeting you in Heaven soon, dear sister Asha.

  2. Hmmm.

    Somalia had a civil war in 1991, and hasn’t had a central government in the two decades since. They are widely considered a failed state, they are ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world, and one of the most violent.

    The median age of the average Somali is 17 – half the population dies before they reach the age of 18. They have the 12th highest death rate in the world – the only reason that the population doesn’t completely die out is that they have the 8th highest birth rate in the world. Starvation and disease are rampant.

    And in the midst of that chaos, this one woman is the only death that matters?

    Priorities, Steve.

  3. i have been following this story…today, the message of her death brings tears because of this injustice.

    “How brilliant are the ruby crowns of the martyred saints. From the stake, from the gibbet, from the fire, they ascended up to God…” –Charles Spurgeon

    i am sad yet, this stirs my heart to share the Gospel more fervently.

  4. Nameless Cynic:

    There will probably be a murder in your city today. The newspaper will probably report on it. But in the midst of America’s own brand of chaos, will it report on ALL Americans who will die today?

    You completely missed the point of the post.

    Nameful Optimist

  5. Hi, Paul.

    No, I don’t think I missed the point, to be honest.

    From the looks of it, the point of the post was to elevate this woman from “another victim in a war-torn country” to “martyr to the cause.”

    Yeah, it’s sad, but since the death toll in that country numbers is amazingly high, perhaps it’s not surprising that this young lady joined them.

    Let me repeat – the median age in that country is 17. Not to be entirely cold-blooded here, but every day that somebody survives past their 18th birthday in Mogadishu is a miracle – her death is just another statistic.

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