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TANZANIA: Pastor Severely Burned in Acid Attack

A pastor in Zanzibar, Tanzania, has suffered severe burns after having acid poured on him by one or more Muslims just outside an Internet café.

Pastor Anselm Mwang’amba, 61, received burns on his face, chest and arms. VOM sources report that although Mwang’amba cried out for help, the Muslim owners of the Internet café delayed bringing water to dilute the burning acid. Mwang’amba was taken to the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar, but church leaders are considering transferring him to a hospital in Dar es Salaam to keep him farther away from his persecutors.

Christian leaders have linked the attack to an Islamist group known as “Awakening,” who are campaigning for Zanzibar’s independence as an Islamic state.

Sources: Voice of the Martyrs USA, The Washington Post

  • Pray the Lord will completely heal Pastor Anselm’s physical and psychological wounds (Psalm 30:2).
  • Pray the church in Tanzania will not be fearful as a result of this and similar attacks but instead learn ever more to rely on Him who gives us strength.
  • Pray the Lord will frustrate any plans of this Islamist group to harm His church.
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