Four Relatives of Christian Convert in Uganda Killed After Muslim Extremists Set Their House on Fire

A church bell hangs from a tree branch outside a Catholic church and a school in Odek village, Uganda. | (PHOTO: REUTERS/JAMES AKENA)

A Christian convert in the East African country of Uganda is suffering tremendous grief after four members of his family — including his two children — were killed when suspected Muslim extremists set their home on fire. 

Sources told Morning Star News, a nonprofit persecution watchdog outlet, that 36-year-old Ali Nakabale lost his son, daughter, mother and stepfather when they were burned alive inside the family’s home on Aug. 20.

Nakabale lives near Uganda’s capital of Kampala in the Nakaseke district. Nakabale’s wife and other Muslims in the area were angered over the fact that Nakabale and his 56-year-old mother had accepted faith in Christ.

According to Nakabale, he and his mother gave their lives to Christ at an evangelism event in August 2018.

Nakabale was not home at the time his house was set on fire because he was visiting his aunt. But after he was told that his house was on fire, Nakabale immediately hurried home.

“Upon arriving home, I found the house destroyed by fire that burned my four family members, including my two children,” he told Morning Star News. “On reaching the mortuary, I found their bodies burned beyond recognition.”

Along with Hamidah, other victims of the arson attack include Hamidah’s husband, Joseph Masembe; Nakabale’s 9-year-old daughter, Afsa Lawada; and his 6-year-old son, Yakubu Njabuga.

A neighbor who remained anonymous told Morning Star News that he became aware of the blaze around 1 a.m. on Aug. 20.

“We saw fire emanating from the house of Hamidah with loud chants from Muslims shouting, ‘Allah Akbar [God is greater],’” the neighbor said. “Arriving at the scene of the incident, we found that the house had been razed down, killing the four family members.”

Nakabale said he, his mother and stepfather have attended a secret church since December 2018.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith