Fanatic Muslims in an area of eastern Uganda sprayed a newly Christian family with acid because they converted to Christianity.
The incident happened n Intonko village, Namutumba District.
It was reported that Muslim relatives last month, on March 8 specifically sprayed acid on Juma Waiswa, 38, his 32-year-old wife Nasimu Naigaga, and their 13-year-old daughter, Amina Nagudi after they put their faith in Christ in February.
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They became Christians after a pastor visited their home on the morning of Feb. 17 and explained the gospel to them. Waiswa said when their relatives learned of their conversions, they called them to a meeting with other clan members. “During the meeting, we were asked about our salvation, and we affirmed to them that we had believed in Jesus and converted to Christianity. They told us to renounce Jesus, but we stood by the newly founded faith in Jesus”.
He continued: “When we refused to recant our faith in Jesus, my father, Arajabu, recited some koranic verses, and after that they forcefully started beating us with sticks as prescribed in the Koran, claiming that we were apostates. As this was not enough, my father went inside the room and picked up a bottle of acid and began spraying it on us while the group started shouting, ‘Allah Akbar [God is greater], you deserve death,’ and then disowned us”.
Waiswa confirmed that their faith had deepened in Christianity through Bible study with those who converted them.
He said, at first, they did not know what kind of liquid was sprayed on them.“But as we were fleeing for our lives, we started feeling some serious itching that continued till the pain intensified, A nearby Christian neighbor called the pastor, who arrived immediately and took us to hospital in Mbale, but our daughter was seriously affected and was referred to a hospital in Jinja”.
Reports confirmed that on March 9, while the three were receiving hospital treatment, their house was set ablaze.
The three are still undergoing hospital treatment. They requested prayer for healing and for a place to stay after recovering.