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UGANDA: Abuse Perpetrated Against Women of Faith

A teenager from eastern Uganda, whose parents had converted to Christianity, was gang raped and beaten a few weeks ago. The 19-year-old college student was still receiving hospital treatment nine days after the attack, which took place in the Bukedea district.

Three masked men ambushed the young woman as she was returning from her teacher training college on 19 September. They threatened to kill her because her parents had left Islam, then they beat her to an unconscious state. She was discovered by passers-by the next day.

This attack has worrying similarities to the gang rape of a pastor’s daughter that took place in the predominantly Muslim Budaka district of east Uganda earlier this year.

Meanwhile, also in Budaka, a mother of eight attests that she has been forced to return to Islam, after in-laws threatened to kill her and take away her children. The woman’s husband left her ten years ago because she became a Christian. The discouraged 36-year-old mother is said to be “spiritually troubled” and has asked for prayer that God would restore her to Christ.

Sources: Release International, Morning Star News

Prayer Points

• Ask the Lord to greatly comfort and heal both of the young Christian women who were raped and beaten. May He protect them from any further harm.
• Uphold the abused mother from Budaka; pray that she will experience God’s presence, restoration and protection. Ask Him to also protect her children both physically and spiritually.
• Pray for the church in Uganda; may they put their trust fully in God, even amid the rising persecution, particularly against Christians of a Muslim background.

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