Teenager Locked Up and Starved for Becoming Christian

Evangelistic team discovers 17-year-old during home visits.

Mother of 17-year-old boy who was denied food and medicine in Nankoma, Uganda for accepting Christ. (Morning Star News)

Mother of 17-year-old boy who was denied food and medicine in Nankoma, Uganda for accepting Christ. (Morning Star News)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – An evangelistic team in eastern Uganda this month discovered a Muslim had locked up his son and starved him for more than four months for accepting Christ, sources said.

Musobya Aramanzani of Nankoma, Bugiri District learned that his 17-year-old son had accepted Christ earlier this year after hearing preaching in Iganga. His son was attending a boarding school in Iganga, a teacher at the school phoned Aramanzani to report the conversion, and the boy was locked up upon a return visit home, an area pastor said.

The pastor learned of the abuse on Sept. 15 during evangelistic home visits in Nankoma. He said the previous day Aramanzani did not allow him and other Christians engaged in an evangelistic campaign that week to enter his property, and the team learned from area residents that he had locked his son inside for more than four months for converting to Christianity.

The team returned on Sept. 15, and the pastor pleaded to be granted a few minutes to pray for the family; they were given five minutes, he said.

“As we were praying, there was a very strong, bad smell in the house,” said the pastor, whose name is withheld for security reasons. “Since we were many, we forcefully entered the inner room where the smell was coming from and found a teenage boy in a dilapidated state.”

A photo of the boy obtained by Morning Star News shows him in a starving condition with skin clinging to bones. Team members forcibly took the teenager, whose name is withheld for security reasons, to a nearby hospital for treatment while the pastor and others remained with the Muslim family.

Aramanzani told the pastor and his team that when his son returned home, he and other relatives tied him up and denied him food because he had “become a Christian by making a public confession, which was disgrace to our family. The message reached us through his teachers at Ibun Baz secondary school in Iganga, where our son was schooling. His teacher called us over the phone and told us about him joining Christianity.”

At the hospital, the pastor said, the boy was able to utter only a few words about his mistreatment. The pastor said he learned from his mother that she had provided him with water while he was locked up.

“The mother used to sneak in with only water, but when her son fell sick, she didn’t bring him medicine but insulted him by calling him an infidel to the family religion, and that he should die,” the pastor told Morning Star News.

Aramanzani later repented of the cruelty and other sins and put his faith in Christ, the pastor said.

“He persuaded us not to report the incident to the police,” the pastor said. “The situation at the moment is very delicate, because the father risks to be arrested, and at the same time he is a new Christian. We first need to treat the suffering young man, then later discuss with the family the next course of action.”

The abuse was the latest of many instances of persecution of Christians in Uganda that Morning Star News has documented.

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 no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country. 

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  1. Bro. Nick Nicholas says

    I am a Biblical “Christian” – and I am personally so very-very-very thankful unto “the LORD JEHOVAH” (Isaiah 26:3-4 ~AV~KJV) for every one of “the brethren” “in Christ Jesus our Lord” all around “this world” who are not surprised at the persecution of our young brother for his faith in “the Lord Jesus”
    – For “we” truly do “believeth” in “the words of truth” that are written unto “us” in 1 John, Chapter 3 [AV] :
    [13] Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
    [14] We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
    – For it is “we” who have – and will “continueth” to pray “the words of truth” that are written unto “us” in 1 Timothy, Chapter 2 [AV] :
    [1] I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
    [2] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
    [3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
    [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
    [5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
    [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
    ~~~> Verse 18 of Ephesians 6:10-20 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-25 ~ Hebrews 13:3
    And “we” are also very-very thankful that the young man’s dad is one of those who “are saved” – if he truly is a Biblical follower of “our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”
    ~~~> Romans 8:24-25 ~ Ephesians 2:5 ~ 1 Peter 1:13 [AV]

  2. It’s good to see our Christian brothers and sisters getting much needed coverage of their persecution.

  3. Lord it is my prayer that this young man heals quickly and converts many to the church in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen

  4. I pray, Lord, that your love is spread throughout this family so that they see the way to you. Lord, it is also my prayer that this young man is healed and all his suffering is shown to others as a way to
    Help spread your word. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

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