Muslim father ‘burns his daughter after converting from Islam to Christianity in Uganda,’ claims religious watchdog
- 24-year-old Rahema Kyomuhendo will spend weeks at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital
- She was severely burned by her father after converting to Christianity, reports say
- It is alleged that her father Sheikh Hussein Byaruhanga Husain attacked her
- Christianity, with 84 percent of the nation, is the most common religion in Uganda
A 24-year-old woman recovers in a Ugandan hospital after her Muslim father allegedly burned her after converting to Christianity.
Rahema Kyomuhendo will spend at least a month at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital amid claims that her father Sheikh Hussein Byaruhanga Husain burned her on May 4.
Miss Kyomuhendo was left with terrible burns to her legs, abdomen, ribs, neck and part of her lower back, according to religious watchdog the Morning Star News.
A source told the news website that the woman’s father used fuel from a jerry can to burn his daughter.
24-year-old Rahema Kyomuhendo will spend at least a month at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital after her father Sheikh Hussein Byaruhanga Husain reportedly covered her with fuel and set her on fire on May 4.
The alleged attack came after Miss Kyomuhendo converted from Islam to Christianity. Her father is a sheik – a spiritual teacher – and disapproved.
According to the report, Miss Kyomuhendo had listened to Christian radio while staying at her aunt’s house in Nawuyo Village, Mbale District.
At 10 p.m., she called her father’s friend, a Roman Catholic, and was “convicted.”
She told the website from her hospital bed, “She explained to me about Christ and the way of salvation, and I was judged and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
“While she shared Christ with me, I was so overjoyed, and my father heard my joy and woke up, came out of his bedroom furiously, and started beating me with blows, claps, and kicks.”
Miss Kyomuhendo had been on a business trip with her father from their home in Mbarara District, Western Uganda, to Mbale District – 300 miles across the country.
The couple got entangled in the coronavirus and planned to stay with her father’s sister until travel restrictions were lifted.
The alleged attack came after Miss Kyomuhendo converted from Islam to Christianity. Her father is a sheik – a spiritual teacher – and disapproved. Pictured, a sign outside the hospital where Miss Kyomuhendo is recovering
But on the 11th day of the Muslim holiday, Ramadan Husain told his sister that he was going to kill his daughter for converting, according to reports.
It was reported that she had to protect her niece and rushed her to the hospital with the help of a neighbor after the attack.
Uganda is a religiously diverse nation, but Christianity is the most common belief.
More than 84 percent of the population is Christian, while only 14 percent are Muslim, according to a 2014 census.