KAPYANI, Uganda — Muslim extremists raped a female Christian pastor in December in eastern Uganda.
The 50-year-old widow and mother of five (name withheld for protection) was returning to her home in Kapyani after making Christmas preparations at her church. As she approached swamps near Lake Kalyango, a person asked for assistance.
When she stopped to help, other people came from the bushes, she said. One told her she had been warned about converting Muslims to Christianity and that what was about to happen would be a lesson to her.
She passed out during the attack, regaining consciousness three hours later. A relative found her and took her to a clinic. She was hospitalized and missed the church’s Christmas celebration.
In addition to trauma, the woman has experienced severe headaches and chronic pain, local sources said.
Uganda’s constitution and laws provide for religious freedom, including sharing one’s faith and converting to another religion. Muslims make up about 12% of Uganda’s population.