Two young Christian women in Uganda beaten for faith

BUGIRI DISTRICT, Uganda — Two young Christian women were beaten in separate attacks in eastern Uganda.

Radical Muslims attacked Lydia Nabirye, 23, in Luwooko village April 7. Attackers told Nabirye she was beaten for converting Muslims. Nabirye, daughter of Church of God evangelist Paul Kaikiya, had told a Muslim woman about Jesus. That woman received Jesus as Savior and was threatened by her family. The woman came to live with Nabirye’s family, who was sheltering six other converts.

In Odwarata village, former Muslim Sylvia Shamimu Nabafa, 27, was hospitalized after her family beat her Feb. 16 for becoming a Christian. Weeks earlier after hearing radio sermons, Nabafa accepted Jesus. She secretly attended church but was seen by a Muslim neighbor who told her father. Nabafa was five-months pregnant at the time of the attack, but the baby was not harmed.

Uganda’s constitution allows religious freedom and proselytizing. The country is considered majority Christian, with the minority Muslim population highly concentrated in eastern Uganda. (Morning Star)