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Muslims Burn Down Christian Widow’s Reconstructed House

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A widow and her children who fled their home in eastern Uganda after her husband was killed in 2015 returned this year, only to narrowly escape an attack this month that burned down her reconstructed home, sources said.

Muslim extremists burned down the home of Kanifa Namulondo in Kaliro, Bulamogi County, Kaliro District on May 2, Namulondo said.

Widow of Siriman Kintu, a convert from Islam beheaded on Sept. 8, 2015 for his faith, Namulondo and her five children had returned to Kaliro in January and lived in the house for a week. Friends had helped reconstruct the house they left more than five years ago, completing it in mid-April. The family moved into it on April 25.

There was an unusually early call for Muslim morning prayers at 3:30 a.m. on May 2, said Namulondo, who left Islam for Christianity in 2015.

“At around 4 o’clock [in the morning] I heard people talking near the door,” Namulondo told the source. “One of them said, ‘The husband betrayed our religion. We should do away with the entire family.’”

She woke up her children and escaped out the back of the house, broke into a neighbour’s home and hid in the bathroom, she said. Soon her house was in flames, waking neighbours whose cries caused the assailants to flee.

At about 6 a.m. neighbours found Namulondo and her children locked inside the bathroom at the home of Musana Kyakwita, who had operated a garage workshop with her late husband. Her foot was injured from thorns.

Kyakwita told that Namulondo and her children are living in great fear in temporary quarters outside of Kaliro and must relocate far away, again.

Source: Morning Star News

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