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Muslims in eastern Uganda beat and raped a young Christian woman for testifying that a mosque leader killed her father because of his faith, sources said.

The imam at a mosque in Kanyumu village, Pallisa District, Sheikh Musana Ibrahim, and two other Muslims killed Samson Mukama on 28 January, according to his daughter, who witnessed the attack.

“I was able to identify the sheikh because we are neighbours, and my father had been questioning him about the Islamic faith not leading one to salvation with God,” she said from her hospital bed. “The sheikh had said to him, ‘You have no respect of our religion, and we have come for your life today.’ They started strangling my father as well as hitting him on the head with a big stick. When my father fell down, I managed to escape through the window.”

Police arrested Ibrahim and the other two suspects on 29 January, but she was unable to identify the two others, and they were released. Ibrahim was transferred to a cell in Kamuge, where he is awaiting the court outcome.

The 22-year-old woman, whose name is withheld, said she was beaten and raped on 19 April for telling a court what she had witnessed. She was found unconscious in a pool of blood, with several cuts on her body, after the attack on her that evening at the home in which she had taken refuge in Kanginima village, Pallisa District.

She told Morning Star News that one of the three Muslims who assaulted her told her, “We shall kill you today because you are the one who made our sheikh to be imprisoned.”

An elder at an undisclosed church is caring for the young woman, whose mother died five years ago and who has no siblings. She is still in serious condition.

Source: Morning Star News

 Prayer Points

  • Pray for this young woman’s recovery from the attack physically, mentally and emotionally; pray also that her ordeal will draw her closer to the Lord and strengthen her faith as she depends fully on Him.
  • Pray that the church will provide ongoing care and support for this young woman in the absence of any family.
  • Pray that these events will cause many in the community to realise their need for salvation and to turn to Christ.

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