The 8-year-old boy didn’t realize that telling his Muslim relatives how much he enjoyed a church choir would cause them to attack his family.
Morning Star News reports the seventh and youngest child of 54-year-old Lezia Nakayiza, widowed since September 2018, he didn’t know that his family was keeping their faith secret in Kasenge village, Wakiso District, in central Uganda near the capital city of Kampala.
“I could not share my faith with the brothers of my husband as well as the relatives who are radical Muslims,” Nakayiza told Morning Star News by phone. “In June my younger son told one of the relatives of the wonderful choir at church, and that we have been attending the church since March. This was the beginning of our persecution.”
Word began to spread that relatives of her late husband, Sheik Kiita Suleiman, were planning to punish her for leaving Islam.
“A Christian neighbor informed me that the family was planning to attack us,” Nakayiza said.
They struck on June 20.
“At around 8 p.m. by the light from moonlight, I peeped through the window and saw many people approaching our house with sticks and other weapons with loud noise from the animals’ shed,” she said, adding that she heard them shouting, “Away with this infidel!”
As they tried to break through the main door, Nakayiza and her children escaped out the back door, she said.
“We walked on foot for two hours and arrived at the church compound around 11 p.m., and we were received by the pastor,” she said.
Her pastor, unidentified for security reasons, told Morning Star News that he learned of the extent of destruction to Nakayiza’s home from one of her neighbors the following day.
“The brothers of the deceased husband of Nakayiza did huge destruction: five cows and six sheep killed, iron sheets pulled down, windows and doors destroyed,” the pastor said.
The family is now living at an undisclosed location that is not sustainable.
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SOURCE: Assist News