The father of a young woman who had converted from Islam to Christianity in Uganda tried to beat her to death. She was saved by community leaders who intervened and convinced him to merely disown her.
Kibida Muyemba discovered his 21-year-old daughter, Namusisi Birye, had converted to Christianity at an evangelical meeting. He attacked as soon as she arrived home that night.
“My father had a wooden stick and started beating me as I entered the house,” Bilye said. “As my mother was about to beat me also, the local council chairman, who was on his way to his home in Buluba, arrived and rescued me. Soon some neighbors who are Christians also arrived.”
Two Church leaders, a neighbor and a local councilman persuaded Muyemba not to kill his daughter and instead disown her. She was then taken to stay at the councilman’s house and was treated in a nearby hospital.
No police charges were filed against Muyemba because “It would just create more problems for the girl.”
Violence against Muslim converts to Islam is frequent in Uganda and worldwide. Under strict sharia rules the penalty for leaving Islam is death.