Christian Family Members in Uganda Slain on Christmas Day

nairobi, kenyaJanuary 4, 2024 (morning star news) –
Islamic extremists killed a 75-year-old woman and her two grandchildren in western Uganda on Christmas Day, officials said.

The bodies of Edlin Gwabidze and his two grandchildren, 5-year-old Emoni Niwarindwa and 13-year-old Mathias Byamukama, were found in their home in Nyabitushi village, Kamwenge sub-county, Kamwenge district, after being invaded by Islamic extremists. It was done. Dec. 25, the murdered woman's son said.

“The attackers were shouting Muslim slogans.''allah akbar [God is greater] And “during this Christmas celebration, we must teach the infidels a lesson,” Wilson Byaruhanga told Morning Star News.

Byaruhanga said he first witnessed the assailants set fire to the church pastor's farm, 500 meters away from his mother's house, at around 7pm, and rushed to attack his mother and two children, one of whom was warned their children to evacuate. He then returned to hide his sick wife in a safe place.

“When I returned to pick up my mother and children, Muslim terrorists were already in my mother’s house and I heard a loud explosion. [from gunshot] The sounds coming from the iron roof were very scary,” Byaruhanga told Morning Star News. “I immediately turned back to check on my sick wife and moved her far away, but I had no idea where her mother and two children were.”

One of the children belonged to his sister, who had previously passed away.

He said he rushed to a nearby police station and officers immediately arrived at the scene and began an operation that continued throughout the night.

“When I visited my mother's house early in the morning, I learned that Muslim terrorists had killed my mother and her two children and that the house had been damaged,” Byaruhanga said.

Local lawmaker Elia Yonasani Mkhwezi said police shot and killed the leader of the attackers, Musa Kamsi, as he fled near his home. He said another Islamic extremist leader, Abdul Rashid Kyoto, also known as Njobu, had also been arrested in November.

“There is great fear among the people here, so we need to step up government security,” Mkhwezi told Morning Star News.

The attackers are also said to have slaughtered five goats and removed food items from the deceased's house.

On December 19, rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the same area. killed 10 Christianssaid the official.

The Dec. 25 killing was the latest. many Cases of Christian persecution in Uganda documented by Morning Star News.

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 only 12% of Uganda's population and are concentrated in the eastern region of the country.

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photograph:Damage to the homes of three murdered Christian families in Nyabitusi village, Uganda, on December 25, 2023. (Morningstar News), via Morningstar News/ Omerskurgokus from Getty Images signature Via Canva Pro.

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