Police in Uganda have arrested two people in connection with the kidnapping of 40 Christian children lured by a Muslim posing as the leader of a Christian charity offering free education, Morning Star New reported.
In Arua, in northwest Uganda’s West Nile sub-region, initial investigations alleged that 27-year-old Siraji Sabiri, a Muslim, had lured the children to a hotel. He reportedly made promises of school scholarships and was possibly planning to sell them to a rebel militant group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morning Star News reported.
Police rescued 40 children from the hotel on Feb. 2.
The abduction was the latest of many instances of persecution of Christians in Uganda that Morning Star News has documented.
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, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.
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