A woman in eastern Uganda has been hospitalised with serious burns after her Muslim husband discovered she had converted to Christianity and reportedly set her on fire.
Hajara Namwase, a 32-year-old mother of three in Kenkebu village, Budaka town, is still receiving hospital treatment after her husband, 42-year-old Musa Kalele, threw petrol and a lighted match on her, a friend of the victim told Morning Star News.
After accepting Christ on May 3 while her husband was away on business in South Sudan, Namwase regularly attended a small group fellowship in Budaka with the friend who had introduced her to the gospel and other Christians. After the group’s meeting on October 17 she went back home to find her husband had returned from a trip to South Sudan.
‘I got scared upon seeing him, because I had some gospel tracts and a small New Testament Bible which I could not hide,’ Namwase told her friend, whose identity is withheld for security reasons.
Upon seeing the Bible and other Christian literature, Kalele became furious, left the room and returned with a container of petrol, she said.
Kalele is then believed to have tied bedsheets around Namwase, poured the petrol on her and set her on fire.
Namwase’s daughter alerted neighbours who rescued her and took her to a regional hospital. A week later she was transferred to a hospital in Kampala for more specialised treatment.
Still hospitalised in Kampala, Namwase has third-degree burns on much of her body, with nerve damage and multiple red spots on her skin, local Christian sources told Morning Star News. Her husband is believed to have fled to South Sudan.
Jia Xuewei, a deacon at Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Sichuan province, was violently beaten by a national security agent after nine members of the church were taken to Qingyang District police station on October 28. Also assaulted was preacher Ding Shuqi.
The attack on Jia ended only when other police officers intervened.
(Picture: Ding Shuqi and Jia Xuewei. Credit: ChinaAid source)
The state of Manipur in northeast India experienced 80 days of internet and telephone blackouts after massive violence broke out due to ethnic strife between rival tribes. A majority and more affluent tribal population staked their claim to benefits once reserved for the minority and generally more impoverished tribal populations in the state.
The impoverished tribes couldn’t take it anymore. They began speaking out and their rivals struck back. Violently. Within the first 15 days, more than 150 people, mostly Christians, were dead. Four hundred churches were destroyed by fire. At least 60,000 were forced to flee their villages and remain displaced even today. In a matter of mere moments, they were made homeless and robbed of their dignity.
When communication was restored 80 days later, even more horrors were revealed. The world learned through a viral video that Christian Kuki tribal women had been paraded naked through town, groped by the public, gang-raped by men, and then brutally murdered. It was almost too terrible to believe.
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(Sources: ChinaAid, Good Shepherd Church India, Morning Star News)