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Uganda: Woman converts to Christianity, husband attacks her, cuts her mouth with a knife, divorces her

Persecution of Christians in Uganda: the disturbing treatment of Mansitula Buliro by her husband illustrates yet again how conversion to Christianity is often the occasion for persecution of Christians — both of the converts and of those who brought the converts the word of the Gospel. Making matter even worse is the fact that Mansitula Buliro can likely expect little help from authorities in this matter, as they are likely to be either sympathetic to the attackers, or afraid of incurring their wrath themselves. This is one of the reasons why Christian persecution worldwide is escalating: in all too many countries around the world, authorities tacitly approve of the attacks on Christians or actively instigate them, or else are afraid of standing up to the persecutors.

Among the Christians of Uganda are around 35,000 Orthodox Christians. Please pray for perseverance and strength of faith for them and all of Uganda’s Christians.

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

“Woman Loses Family after Responding to Visions, She Says,” Morning Star News, January 22, 2021:

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Mansitula Buliro was preparing for Muslim evening prayers with her husband in eastern Uganda last week when she had a vision of Christ, she said.

The 13-weeks pregnant, 45-year-old mother of seven said that on that evening of Jan. 13 she first heard a loud voice saying “Yeshua,” Aramaic for Jesus, at her home in Obutete village, Agule County in Pallisa District.

“During the process a certain weakness entered my body, and then I saw a light coming from above, and I heard a loud voice saying, ‘Yeshua’ repeatedly,” Buliro told Morning Star News.

Her husband, shocked, came from the room where he was praying and asked her what had gone wrong, she said.

“I narrated what I saw, plus the voice,” Buliro said. “He immediately got hold of the Arabic Koran and started casting out the evil spirit which he thought had entered me.”

That night, she said, she saw another vision.

“At midnight I saw a bright light and a man dressed in white clothes crossing the river coming towards me, and He said, ‘Peace be upon you – today I have chosen you to be mine,’” she said.

Early the next morning she snuck out and visited her Christian neighbor, whose name is withheld for security reasons, and told her about the visions. The neighbor prayed with her, and Buliro put her faith in Christ, she said.

As Buliro was about to leave, she said, a Muslim neighbor knocked on the door and said, “Mansitula, I thought you were a Muslim – how come I heard prayers mentioning the name of Issa [Jesus]?”

The neighbor, a man, left immediately, and two hours later Buliro returned home. Her husband said to her that he had been told that she was now a Christian, she said.

“I kept quiet,” Buliro said. “My husband started slapping and kicking me indiscriminately. I then fell down. He went inside the house and came back with a knife and started cutting my mouth, saying, ‘Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar [jihadist slogan “God is greater”], I am punishing you to not speak about Yeshua in my house. This is a Muslim home.’”

As she shouted and screamed, her two youngest children, ages 6 and 8, also began screaming, and outdoor workers and neighbors arrived and stopped the attack, she said.

“There was blood all over from my mouth,” Buliro said. “My in-laws arrived, and in their presence my husband pronounced divorce: ‘Today you are no longer my wife. I have divorced you. Leave my house, or I will kill you.’”…

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