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Woman survives attempt on her life for becoming Christian

The Muslim brother of a woman in eastern Uganda attacked her with a knife and spear on the 8th of August after discovering she was a Christian, the mother of two said.


In a village near Kasasira, Kibuku District undisclosed for security reasons, Harriet Nanzala said she had kept her faith secret for more than twenty years, but her brother, Kowa Mugooda, became suspicious on the 6th of August.

“My brother found me reading the Bible and began questioning me, whether I had converted to Christianity,” Nanzala told Morning Star News. “I kept quiet, and he left, shaking his head in disbelief.”

Over the next two days, he continued pressuring her to say whether she was a Christian, but she remained silent, said Nanzala, who left her Muslim husband after converting more than twenty years ago and lives with her two daughters while caring for her aging mother. Mugooda showed up at her home at 10 a.m. with a knife and a long spear shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allahu Akbar [Allah is Greater],” she said.

“He began destroying part of the door. I started running away to save my life,” she said. “My brother followed me as I continued shouting for help, but unfortunately he hit me with the sharp knife on my leg.”

A photo obtained by Morning Star News shows Nanzala sustained a deep wound on her ankle. Neighbors soon arrived, including the area chairperson, who called Kasasira police.


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