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Uganda: Christian Woman Starved, Left in Wild Animal Park

The disturbing treatment of Sharifa Muhando illustrates yet again how conversion to Christianity is so often the occasion for persecution of Christians — both of the converts and of those who brought the converts the word of the Gospel. 

Among the Christians of Uganda are around 35,000 Orthodox Christians. 

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of Christian persecution in Uganda, see here.

“Christian Woman Starved, Left in Wild Animal Park,” Morning Star News, May 30, 2023:

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A Muslim upset with his wife’s conversion to Christianity in western Uganda denied her food and left her in a national park with wild animals, she said.

Sharifa Muhando, 27, of Kasese town, said her husband beat her and kept her from food for a week after learning that she had put her faith in Christ. The mother of a 2-year-old boy had kept her faith hidden from her husband, Musa Bwambale, and other relatives after accepting Christ on July 9, 2021.

On May 10 at about 7 p.m., Muhando prayed in her room, read from her Bible and fell asleep, she said.

“Unfortunately I left the door open,” Muhando told Morning Star News from her hospital bed. “My husband came back from his place of work and called me, and I didn’t respond because I was deep in sleep. He opened the door and found me with my Bible and a notebook on my chest. He shouted, ‘Allah Akbar [God is greater]!’”

The shouting of the jihadist slogan woke her.

“I was terrified after seeing him; he asked me what the matter was,” she said. “I answered him that this is a holy book. He got annoyed and beat me that night and told me that he was punishing me for leaving Islam, and that he will automatically be rewarded in Jannah [paradise] by Allah.”

Since that night he kept her from eating, she said, adding that after two days he threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

On May 17, Bwambale took her to nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park, she said.

“My husband said he had received a dream from Allah of taking me somewhere,” Muhando told Morning Star News. “He took me on his vehicle and dumped me inside Queen Elizabeth National Park to be eaten by wild animals.”…

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