Court Drops Charges of Kidnapping, ‘Human Sacrifice’ against Evangelist in Uganda

Complainant fails to appear at hearings.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A judge in Uganda last week dropped charges aimed at stirring up Islamist opposition against an evangelist who provides refuge to converts from Islam, sources said. A court in Tirinyi, Kibuku District on March 13 dropped the charges of kidnapping and “human sacrifice” against Hassan Muwanguzi after the complainant and […]

Nigeria Orders Christian Leaders to Cancel Mourning, Prayer Day for Killed Christians

Journalists, clergymen threatened for speaking out on violence.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Having warned journalists and Christian leaders to stop speaking out about anti-Christian violence in Nigeria, the government this week also ordered the cancellation of a day of prayer and national mourning for slain Christians, sources said. Christian leaders here said the day of prayer and mourning planned in churches across […]

One Year after Agatu Massacre, Christians Continue To Be Killed in Benue, Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen kill at least 29 church members this year.

MAKURDI, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A year after Muslim Fulani herdsmen slaughtered an estimated 300 predominantly Christian farmers in Agatu, Benue state, deadly attacks continued in the state the first 10 weeks of the year, sources said. More than 29 Christians in Agatu and other rural areas were reported to have died in attacks on […]

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Kill Secret Christian, Her Son, Wound Husband, Sources Say

Assailants identified as Al Shabaab militants.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists in Somalia identified as Al Shabaab rebels last month shot to death an underground Christian woman and her son and seriously wounded her husband, sources said. The family was asleep at their home at dawn in Afgoi, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Mogadishu, when at least […]

Sheikh in Uganda Incites Muslim Villagers against Evangelist Released on Bail

Christian accused of kidnapping woman who left Islam.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Hours after an evangelist in Uganda accused of kidnapping was released on bail today, an Islamic leader urged village Muslims to kill him, an area source said. Muslims in eastern Uganda’s Kachomo village, Budaka District gathered today to discuss how to stop Hassan Muwanguzi, a lay leader with the Church […]

Evangelist in Uganda Arrested on False Kidnapping, ‘Human Sacrifice’ Claims, He Says

Muslim father of woman who left Islam accuses noted lay leader.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Police in eastern Uganda on Sunday (Feb. 26) arrested an evangelist after a Muslim accused him of kidnapping his adult daughter, who had taken refuge with the Christian after leaving Islam, sources said. In an effort to defame Hassan Muwanguzi and stir up Islamist sentiment against him, Nghangha Mubakali accused […]

Church Leader in Eastern Uganda Refutes News Story on Church Attack

Report sows confusion over Muslim mob’s attack on prayer meeting, he says.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A regional church leader convened an emergency meeting of pastors in eastern Uganda on Friday (Feb. 10) to refute what he called a false news story aimed at covering up a Muslim assault on a prayer meeting. The Rev. Moses Mukenye, who oversees nine churches in the Bukedi diocese in […]

Pastor, Eight Others Missing in Uganda after Muslims Beat, Rape Congregation

Throng of about 90 attacks prayer meeting of 80.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A pastor in eastern Uganda and eight other Christians are missing two weeks after a Muslim mob attacked a church prayer meeting, locked the congregation in, beat several members and raped 15 women, sources said. The approximately 90 Muslims broke into the evening prayer meeting of Katira Church of Uganda, […]

Pastor in Uganda Attacked after Sheikh Sent to Kill Him Becomes Christian

Church, former Islamic extremist fear another assault.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists ambushed a church leader in eastern Uganda last week after a sheikh they had sent to assassinate him at a church service instead became a Christian, sources said. In Amuria, about 170 miles (280 kilometers) northeast of Kampala, Bishop George Edweu of the Pentecostal Upright Church had arrived […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2016

Jihadists fight under the radar in Africa.

(Morning Star News) – While war in the Middle East dominated international headlines, Islamic extremists in the shadows were taking jihad to Christian civilians in Africa with unprecedented intensity in 2016. In Nigeria, Muslim ethnic Fulanis looked less like nomadic herdsmen and more like well-armed, well-funded jihadist militants. Close Muslim relatives and Islamist village mobs […]