Muslim father in Uganda burns daughter for becoming Christian

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Some of the burns on Rehema Kyomuhendo, recovering in hospital in Mbale, Uganda. (Morning Star News)

Unable to return to her home in western Uganda due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, a Muslim girl began to follow Christ while on a trip with her father, and was subsequently beaten and burned by him, reports Evangelical Focus Europe.

In March Rehema Kyomuhendo accompanied her father, a Muslim teacher, on a 305-mile business trip and began listening to Christian programming on a radio station. On May 4 she called a business friend of her father’s whom she knew was a Roman Catholic.


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“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.

 “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.”

The girl’s father, Sheikh Hussein Byaruhanga Husain, shouted to his 45-year-old sister who was sleeping in another room, telling her that his daughter had converted and that he was going to kill her, Kyomuhendo said.

He quickly broke a fuel container, lit the pieces and began burning her, a source who spoke with Kyomuhendo told Morning Star News. Kyomuhendo screamed and her aunt got out of bed and protected her, the source said.

“She carried her outside of the room together with a Christian neighbor who arrived,” the source said. “The neighbor arranged for a taxi-van that took her to a hospital, and she got immediate treatment.”

Kyomuhendo is expected to remain at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital more than a month with serious burns, he said. Kyomuhendo and the neighbor have not reported the assault for fear that her father might try again to kill her, he said.

The attack was the latest of many instances of persecution of Christians in Uganda that Morning Star News has documented.

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