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Christian Mother in Uganda Hit with Acid for Her Faith

A Christian couple visiting a young mother at her home in eastern Uganda last month decided to pray for her before leaving – triggering an immediate response from her Muslim husband.

“In the middle of the prayers, my husband walked out and began calling Muslims and mentioning that infidels were at his house,” told 25-year-old Janati Kyoleka, who had secretly put her faith in Christ in December. “When my friends saw the Muslims approaching the homestead, they took off.”

The mother of children ages 5, 2 and a 5-month-old in Nakisimi village, Pallisa District had begun following Christ when her second child received healing prayer at a Christian hospital on the 14th of December. On the afternoon of the visit from the Christian couple, on the 19th of January, her husband, Jafari Biisa, returned home with the Muslim villagers, she said.

“My husband began questioning me whether I had embraced Christianity,” told Kyoleka. “I kept quiet. He started beating me with sticks, and my 5-month-old began crying, and before the arrival of the neighbors, my husband had already poured acid on me, and I lost all consciousness.”

Kyoleka regained consciousness in a hospital bed in Mbale. She had acid burns on the right side of her body from breast to thigh, including private parts, she said.

Members of the church Kyoleka had secretly attended took her children into their care. Two weeks later, the Christian couple transferred her to a hospital in Kapchorwa, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Pallisa, where she received treatment for another week before mounting medical costs forced to leave.

The Christian couple is trying to help her recover at their home, where the three children have rejoined their mother. Kyoleka is receiving medical check-ups at the hospital in Kapchorwa.

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