“He took some bedsheets, covered them around my body, and then removed me out of the house. He forced me to lie down, then poured petrol on me and thereafter took a matchbox, lit it, and the fire began burning me up.”
A Ugandan woman has been hospitalized with serious burns after her Muslim husband set her on fire upon discovering she had converted to Christianity.
Hajara Namwase, a 32-year-old mother of three in Kenkebu village, Budaka town, Eastern Uganda, is currently receiving treatment for third-degree burns after her husband, 42-year-old Musa Kalele, poured gasoline on her and lighted a match on her, on Oct. 17, The Christian Post reports.
Namwase accepted Christ on May 3 while her husband was away on business in South Sudan. Since then, she has regularly attended a small group fellowship in Budaka with the friend who had introduced her to the Gospel and other Christians. on Oct. 17, Namwase returned home from the cell group meeting to find her husband had returned from a trip to South Sudan.
“I got scared upon seeing him, because I had some Gospel tracts and a small New Testament Bible which I could not hide,” Namwase told her friend, whose identity is being withheld for security reasons.
Upon seeing the Bible and other Christian literature, he became furious, left the room and returned with a container of gas, she said.
“He took some bedsheets, covered them around my body and then removed me out of the house,” Namwase said. “He forced me to lie down. He took the petrol, then poured it on me and thereafter took a matchbox, lit it, and the fire began burning me up.”
Her daughter alerted neighbors who rescued her and took her to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. Namwase’s sister later arrived to help her get admitted to the hospital, and on Oct. 24 she was transferred to a hospital in Kampala for more specialized treatment.
Namwase who is still hospitalized in Kampala, has third-degree burns on much of her body, with nerve damage and multiple red spots on her skin, according to Morning Star News.
Namwase said she is worried about where she will stay after her release, as all her relatives are Muslims, and what will become of her children, ages 4, 6 and 9, who have come under the care of their paternal grandmother.
Please pray for Namwase as she goes through this hard time, that her children will be protected, and through her, the whole family will accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ.