A 24-year-old woman in Uganda, who was unable to travel because of coronavirus restrictions, was burned by her Muslim father for allegedly converting to Christianity, according to Morning Star News.
Rehema Kyomuhendo is one of millions of Christians in the East African nation who face unprecedented levels of persecution.
In March, Kyomuhendo, accompanied his father Hussein Byaruhanga Husain, a sheikh (Muslim teacher), on a business trip from Mbarara district to Mbale district. She began listening to Christian programming broadcast on an FM radio station.
They were still at her aunt’s house in the village of Nawuyo, Mbale district, on May 4, when at 10 p.m. she called a business friend of her father’s, whom she knew to be Catholic.
“She explained to me about Christ and the way of salvation, and I got convicted and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior,” Kyomuhendo told Morning Star News by phone. “As she was sharing Christ with me, I was so overjoyed, and my father heard my joy and woke up, came from his bedroom furiously, and started beating me up with blows, slaps and kicks.”
Husain reportedly told his sister that he was going to kill her daughter for having converted to Christianity, he then poured burning fuel on her that night, the eleventh day of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.
According to one observer, Kyomuhendo screamed for help before his aunt and a neighbor arrived.
“The neighbor arranged for a taxi-van that took her to a hospital, and she got immediate treatment,” a source told the Christian news site.
Multiple body burns
“Please pray for Kyomuhendo for a quick recovery on her hospital bed,” the source said.
Neither Kyomuhendo nor the neighbor reported the assault to the police for fear that her father might try to kill her, the source added.
Christians in eastern Uganda are among those in their faith who face the most serious dangers in the world, according to World Watch Monitor, a group that tracks persecutions of Christians.