KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan teen who was starved for four months for becoming a Christian is recovering, while an elderly Christian couple had to flee their village to save their lives.
A report from Morning Star News says an evangelistic team rescued the emaciated 17-year-old male from a locked room in his family’s home in Uganda’s Bugiri District. The teen’s Muslim father imprisoned and starved the boy after the youth put his faith in Jesus earlier this year.
Having heard from neighbors about the abuse, a pastor and evangelical team asked to be allowed to come into the home to pray for the family Sept. 15. After praying, they forced their way into a room and found the teen, who was then taken to a hospital.
Later, the father said he had put his faith in Christ and asked the team not to report his cruelty to police, the pastor told Morning Star.
In Wakalende village of Mayuge town, Sula Mugudi and his wife, Aisha Mugudi, fled for their lives Sept. 20, three days after putting faith in Jesus, because Muslim relatives threatened to destroy the couple and their home, Morning Star states.
Their church has put the couple in a hidden location.
Approximately 12% of Uganda’s population is Muslim. Uganda’s constitution and laws allow for freedom of religion, including converting from one faith to another. However, Christian churches increasingly have received threats of violence, and some Christian converts have been attacked, killed or excommunicated by Muslim family members, the World Atlas reports.