Uganda woman beaten, burned after converting to Christianity

NAIROBI, Kenya — A 24-year-old western Uganda woman was hospitalized after her Muslim father beat and burned her for becoming a Christian. Rehema Kyomuhendo had accompanied her father — a Muslim sheikh — on a business trip to eastern Uganda.

During the visit, Kyomuhendo heard Christian radio programming. On May 4, she called a Roman Catholic business associate of her father to talk about Jesus. Kyomuhendo asked Jesus to be her Savior and Lord. Her vocal expression of joy woke her father, who beat and burned his daughter for converting to Christianity. He vowed to kill her.

The woman sustained serious burns to her leg, stomach, ribs, neck and back.

Kyomuhendo was expected to be in Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for a month.

Uganda’s constitution and laws provide religious freedom, the right to convert and to proselytize. Less than 12% of Uganda’s population is Muslim.