New Christian in Uganda Loses Family, Plantation for Leaving Islam

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NAIROBI, Kenya, December 28, 2018 (Morning Star News)
– In 24 hours earlier this month, a convert to Christianity in eastern
Uganda lost his livelihood, wife and children to irate relatives and
other Muslims, sources said.

In Masaba village, Sironko District, a leader of the village mosque on
Dec. 7 led a mob to Muhamud Gusolo’s banana plantation and destroyed it
after Gusulo’s father objected to him leaving Islam for Christ. His
father, Mujenya Gusolo Zibail, had told him in November that he would
not receive his inheritance and issued a stern warning not to set foot
again on the family land, he said.

“My father confronted me for being a disgrace to the family as a result
of my conversion to Christ,” the 28-year-old Gusolo told Morning Star
News. “Since my expulsion from the community, no one in my community has
come to my aid. My father has openly denied me as his son, and the
community has openly threatened me, saying, ‘No burial rites for you, a kaffir[infidel].”

Seeing how area Muslims threatened his life after the attack on the
plantation, his wife, a Muslim, refused to join him when he left home
the next day, Dec. 8, he said.

“My wife and children also turned against me,” he said. “I am a very
frustrated man with no family. After being ostracized from my community,
I have appealed for help to the government administration, but this has
fallen on deaf hears. I am very far from my family and reside in a
lonely environment in another village.”

His wife and six children, two from a previous marriage that dissolved
while he was still a Muslim, had been living under the care of his
father until last week. But Gusolo said his father last week began
questioning her after hearing the children sing Christian songs and has
also made her life difficult as one suspected of being associated with
Christianity.
 
She and the children have been forced to move to a rented home in
Sirongo town, Gusolo said, and have no means of support. The children
range in age from 1 to 10 years old. 

Gusolo, who put his faith in Christ in late 2017, saw his life begin to
crumble when he began holding evening Bible study and worship with
other former Muslims at his home in October.

In the village (undisclosed for security reasons) where he is now
living, there are no Christians, and the pastor who led him to Christ is
too far away to help in any regular way, he said.

For now, he seeks odd jobs to try to support himself and his estranged family.

“Since my wife and the children are having problems now, I have to
think on how to support them,” Gusolo told Morning Star News.

A source said Gusolo, also known as Simon, needs prayer for God’s intervention and access to his family.

The Dec. 7 attack on his plantation was the latest of many cases of persecution of Christians in eastern Uganda that Morning Star News has documented in the past six years.

Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom,
including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith
to another.

Muslims make up no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population.


This article was originally published by Morning Star News. Used with permission.

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