Muslim extremists seriously injured a pastor and his 14-year-old son as they were preparing for an all-night prayer vigil at their church site in eastern Uganda, Morning Star News reported.
Pastor John Balidawa, 35, and his son, Gilbert Sanja, were hospitalized after a mob of Muslim extremists attacked them on March 15 and destroyed their church building in Kigulu village.
Beaten unconscious, the pastor awoke alongside his son in a hospital in Buluuba. Pastor Balidawa learned that the assailants took their mobile phones and destroyed them along with the church building, he said.
Broken bones, deep cut
Pastor Balidawa sustained a broken leg, a broken bone in his hand, swelling in his face and injuries to his intestines and stomach, Morning Star News reported. Pastor Balidawa’s son suffered a deep cut on his forehead, a broken bone in his right hand and swelling of his face.
The assault was the latest of many instances of persecution of Christians in Uganda that Morning Star News has documented.
Uganda’s constitution and other laws defend religious freedom, including the right to share 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.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written and originally published by Morning Star News.