outside a catholic church and a school in
capital Kampala, February 14, 2015.
Muslim parents in eastern Uganda burned
down their son’s home after learning that he left Islam to give his
life to Jesus Christ, a leading Christian persecution watchdog group has
After Mohammed Nsera, a Nigerian teen who lives in the
predominantly Christian village of Katende, Uganda, graduated from high
school last year, his Muslim parents kindly built him a small house on
the family’s property as a graduation present.
According to Morning Star News,
Nsera gave his life to Christ on Jan. 3 after he heard about the power
of Christ’s salvation at an evangelistic event and later had a dream in
which Jesus appeared to him. The news of Nsera’s conversion drew the ire
of his parents, uncle and six siblings.
learned about the news of his conversion. When Nsera’s father and uncle
went to the small house that they built for him to question him about
the rumor of his conversion, Nsera didn’t hide from the truth.
Nsera’s family is part of a hardline Muslim minority in eastern Uganda,
his uncle and father didn’t take too kindly to the joy he had in
admitting that he did, in fact, leave Islam for Christianity.
result, Nsera’s uncle whacked him across the back with a stick, while
his father also tried to assault him. Fortunately, Nsera’s quick
reflexes allowed him to escape out the door without further harm.
could not deny Christ when my father asked me whether I had joined
Christianity,” Nsera told Morning Star News. “With a lot of joy I
answered him affirmatively, with a yes. My uncle, who had a walking
stick, hit me on my back, and my father tried to get hold of my shirt,
but I managed to escape with a tattered shirt and a bleeding back.”
Star reports that Nsera fled to the home of a Christian friend, located
about 13 miles from his parents homestead. It was there that he heard
news that his parents had burned down the home they had built for him.
received reports that my parents, uncle and some other Muslims were
looking for me,” Nsera explained. “I have lost my entire valuables,
especially my academic certificates.”
With Nsera’s family and
other hardline Muslim now out to get him, the possibility is real that
his family will try to avenge his betrayal of Islam in the form of an
honor killing — like many other Muslim families against converts within
After hearing the news that his family is looking
for him, Nsera decided to flee even further from his parents’ home. He
is now taking refuge in a village that is over 60 miles from his
parents’ village, where a pastor has graciously provided him with
“Mohammed needs support for furthering his education,”
the unnamed pastor said in an interview with Morning Star News. “My
church, which was founded recently, is still small.”
Christians comprise about 85 percent of Uganda, they are constantly
under attack for their faith. Notably, converts from Islam frequently
need to worry about their safety, since their conversion is considered
In June 2015, a mother of 11 was poisoned to death by
her Muslim in-laws after she and her husband, a former Islamic school
teacher, converted to Christianity. Morning Star reports that Namumbeiza
Swabura was poisoned by her sister-in-law, who poisoned a meal that she
had made for her. It is believed that the sister-in-law was likely paid
to kill Swabura.
Last October, a mother of eight was dragged from her home and beaten to death by a Muslim mob after her husband converted to Christianity.
An imam, who was later arrested in connection with the murder, asked
Maiso before his death, “Do you know that Allah does not want us to have
a kafir [infidel] neighbor?”
“And you should know that Allah is
about to send to you the Angel of Death in your house,” the imam warned
Maiso, according to his wife. “Please prepare to meet him at any time.”