Father kills convert daughter in Uganda

April 30, 2014 by  
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Uganda, April 28, 2014: A young Ugandan woman has told how her Muslim father beat her 17-year-old sister to death after finding out that the pair had converted to Christianity.

Uganda ChurchNawudo Hasifa (19) and Nanvunani Shamimu became Christians after they had the same dream on the night of 4 April in which a man dressed in white appeared to them, telling them to go and be prayed for in a church.

On 6 April, they went to a church in Kawaga. Nawudo told Morning Star News:

[We] straight away went to see the pastor and explained to him about the dream and that we were ready to be Christians. The pastor prayed for us to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour of our lives. After prayers we then went to church, where the pastor introduced us to the church and that we were new members of the church. The church faithful were cheerful to receive us.

Local Muslims who had seen them enter the building told Nawudo and Nanvunani’s father, and he rallied a mob of youths to attack the church. Some of them warned the congregation that the teenagers should not worship with them.

When the sisters returned home that evening, their father was furious and questioned them about why they had attended the church. Nawudo said:

We kept quiet. Our silence angered our father. He removed a blunt object and started beating us indiscriminately. My sister was hit somewhere near the neck. She fainted and became unconscious. My father got shocked and stopped beating me. He tried to wake up my sister, but there was no response. I knew she was gone.

Nawudo escaped to the home of a church elder, who took her to another town where she is now being cared for by local Christians out of harm’s way. She said:

I know I cannot go back to my father because I have become a Christian. I am grateful to the church for welcoming me and taking me as their child. I now have a new home.

The pastor of the church said that Nawudo was still traumatised by the death of her sister and needs prayers and counselling.

Nanvunani’s death follows the attempted murder of compatriot Wenene Nuru (23) by her Muslim father after she converted to Christianity.

The attacks highlight the grave danger for Muslims of leaving Islam to follow Christ, even in a Christian-majority context like Uganda.

– barnabas team

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