Two American Women Sentenced for Aiding Christian-Killing Terrorist Group in Somalia
Two American women were sentenced Friday for providing material support to the al-Shabaab terror group, which has long been targeting and killing Christians in parts of Africa, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Muna Osman Jama, 36, of Reston, Virginia, and Hinda Osman Dhirane, 46, of Kent, Washington, were sentenced to 12 years and 11 years respectively, according to a statement by the Justice Department.
Jama and Dhirane sent money to financiers of al-Shabaab in Somalia and Kenya, which they referred to respectively as the “Hargeisa side” and the “Nairobi side,” according to court documents, which reveal that the two also organized what was called a “Group of Fifteen,” which included women from Somalia, Kenya, Egypt, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Canada, as well as Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The “Group of Fifteen” met regularly in a private chatroom that Jama established to organize and track monthly payment of money to the “Hargeisa side,” which was used to finance al-Shabaab military operations in the Golis Mountains in northern Somalia, and the “Nairobi side,” which was used to fund two al-Shabaab safehouses. One of the safehouses was used by al-Shabaab to store weapons and to prepare for attacks. The other was used by the terror group fighters who had been wounded in battle.
Recorded telephone calls showed Jama and Dhirane laughing as the carnage at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi was still taking place, and they laughed also at the Boston Marathon bombing before it became known who committed the attack, the documents say.
The two were found guilty after a bench trial in front of U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga on Oct. 25 last year.
Open Doors USA ranks North Korea and Somalia No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on its World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most severe persecution. Other groups, such as Aid to the Church in Need, say persecution is so extreme in those countries that “it could scarcely get any worse.”
SOURCE: ANUGRAH KUMAR