KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan woman suffered serious burns when her husband set her on fire for becoming a Christian.
Hajara Namwase, 32, a mother of three young children, was hospitalized in Kampala, Uganda, receiving treatment for third-degree burns, a friend told Morning Star News.
Namwase put her faith in Jesus Christ on May 3 and regularly attended small group fellowships with a friend. Namwase’s Muslim husband, Musa Kalele, was on a business trip to South Sudan at the time.
After a group meeting Oct. 17, Namwase said she went to her home in Kenkebu village in Budaka town to find that her husband had returned.
Kalele covered her with sheets, doused her with fuel and ignited her.
Neighbors rescued the woman and took her to a hospital in Mbale.
A week later, Namwase was transferred to a Kampala hospital for special care, reports Morning Star.
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.