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Church closes after enduring months of Islamist attacks

by Eno Adeogun

Pastor Moreen Sanyu of Greater Love Church - just outside Uganda's capital Kampala, told Morning Star News about being left unconscious when she was hit by a stone thrown through the church's window.

"I fell down and became unconscious. When I woke up, there were only a few members who surrounded me - the rest of the church members had fled in different directions."


She had to spend two days in hospital as a result of her injury before she was discharged.

Sanyu said no one turned up to the church's service the following Sunday as they were afraid.

The church is based in a predominantly Muslim area and Sanyu explained, before the attacks began, up to 400 people used to join her to worship at the church.

An Islamic teacher told the news service that covers the persecution of Christians why some of the Islamic community do not tolerate the church.

"We cannot watch our children joining infidels' church," said the sheikh, who requested anonymity.

"The pastor has no respect for other people's religion, especially our innocent and immature children in Islamic faith."

Uganda's constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one's faith and convert from one religion to another.

Muslims make up less than 12 per cent of Uganda's population.

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