Uganda girl loses use of legs after leaving Islam for Christ

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Muslim father locked 14-year-old in room with almost no food or water for months

By Dan Wooding

A 14-year-old girl in western Uganda is still unable to walk 10 months after her father tortured her for leaving Islam

Susan Ithungu

and putting her faith in Christ, according to Compass Direct News (CDN).

CDN says that Susan Ithungu of Isango village, has been hospitalized at Kagando Hospital since October 2010 after neighbors with police help rescued her from her father, Beya Baluku. He was arrested shortly afterward but quickly released, sources said.

Susan and her younger brother, Mbusa Baluku, lived alone with their father after he divorced their mother. In March 2010 an evangelist from Bwera Full Gospel Church spoke at Susan’s school, and she decided to trust Christ for her salvation.

“Our father warned us not to attend church or listen to the gospel message,” Susan said. “He even threatened us with a sharp knife that he was ready to kill us in broad daylight in case we converted to Christianity.”

CDN went on to say, “Pastor Joseph Baluku of Bwera Full Gospel Church in Kasese said neighbors who discovered the girl was being kept locked in a room with almost no food or water notified authorities, and after her release took her to the hospital. It is unknown when Susan will be released, but Pastor Baluku said area residents and church members will try to gather funds for the medical costs incurred.”

The pastor said after a recent visit, “By God’s grace Susan is still alive. Though she can’t walk, she can now talk. She is still feeding on soft foods. The great news is that Susan is still strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. She needs prayers and support, so that she can resume her education soon.” –Dan Wooding, ASSIST News Service

For more information, please go to: www.compassdirect.org