This comes from the 30 Days group which offers a prayer guide for the month of Ramadan:
Somalia: Hard realities for Muslim men and families
For Tuesday 23 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
Total Somali population: 9,119,000 (July 2007 est.)
Some men have found a way to escape from the harsh realities of Somali life. Khat (Catha Edulis) is an evergreen shrub that grows in the highlands of Ethiopia, Kenya and Yemen. Chewing the leaves of khat has a stimulating, narcotic effect, and like most drugs, khat is addictive and must be consumed daily. The majority of Somali men are addicted to khat, which has a huge influence on their life in Somali society.
Khat chewers suffer from various health problems, yet those who really suffer the most are their families. Men often spend most of their money on khat, yet their families go hungry.
- Pray that the bondage of khat would be broken. Social pressure encouraging men to chew khat is huge. Strength, wisdom and courage are needed to break this national addiction.
- Pray for wives and children to know how to cope with the absence of men.
- Pray that Somali society will experience God's healing of families and come to know true fatherhood and the Father in Heaven.
- Pray with the whole family for Somali families, giving God special thanks for Dads and Mums.
+ Google Map Link: Somalia, East Africa
+ YouTube Video Link: Somalia, land of Need [18: 34]
+ Gospel Language Link: The Look Listen and Live series is a discipleship series in the Somali language
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This is an excerpt from the 30-Days Muslim Prayer Focus booklet, also available via our Book shop.
Learn more about Ramadan here.