IRAQ: ISIS bombs Kirkuk, thousands of Christians forced to flee

Thousands of people were forced to flee Kirkuk as the city was left in ruins after an ISIS bombardment on Thursday. Kirkuk was targeted by ISIS militants with the purpose of strengthening their foothold around the Kurdish autonomous region.

ISIS militants are currently extending their control over northern Iraq, looking to seize areas where religious minorities such as Christians and Yezidis have traditionally been established.



ISIS jihadists are systematically beheading Christian children in Iraq

“Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,” said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, he called what’s happening in Iraq a “Christian genocide” and said “children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”


CNS News  “Right now, three thousand Christians are in Iraq fleeing to neighboring cities,” he told Mann. Arabo is calling on the international community to follow France’s lead and offer the Christians of Iraq asylum.


“They are systematically beheading children,” Arabo repeated slowly. “And mothers and fathers. The world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.” “There’s actually a park in Mosul where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick… this is crimes against humanity. They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of.”


Mann asked about the ISIS letter sent to Christians in Mosul, demanding that they either convert to Islam, pay a fine or be put to “death by the sword.” “It’s very clear they are killing people, but are Christians managing to escape by paying a fine?” he asked.


Arabo reports that after Christians pay the fine, the fighters take the Christian wives and children “and make them their wives – so it’s really convert, or die.” This is a tweet that reportedly shows Yazidi children who escaped the fighters by fleeing to the mountains, but have died from lack of food and water there:

Ezidi Kurdish children are dying of thirst and hunger on Sinjar mountains.

Ezidi Kurdish children are dying of thirst and hunger on Sinjar mountains.

“They are absolutely killing every Christian they see,” Arabo said of ISIS. “This is absolutely a genocide in every sense of the word. They want everyone to convert, and they want sharia law to be the law of the land.”

ISIS Human Slaughter Houses in Syria


Where is the moral outrage over the Christians being driven out of Iraq?

The whole world is focused on a few Palestinians being killed because their own leaders put them in harms way. Yet Christians all over the Middle East are being ethnically cleansed, slaughtered, and expelled from their own historic homelands by Muslims, and the media, the UN, and the West remain silent.













IRAQI CHRISTIANS: “ISIS told us, bring us all your money, if you don’t you will be shot in the head” 

Why there are no Christians left in Mosul, Iraq.


This video shows excerpts from an interview with Iraqi Christians from Mosul who fled their city after the terrorist group, the Islamic State – formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Syria), gave the city’s Christians an ultimatum of a few hours to either leave their homes without taking anything or to get killed. In earlier reports ISIS gave two additional options, to convert to Islam or to pay a Jizya “protection tax.”

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YES! France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians being persecuted and threatened with death in Mosul

Yet Barack Hussein Obama will not.


BBC (h/t Grant B)  The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Many fled Mosul after the Islamic State (IS) group which seized much of northern Iraq told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.

Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities. Two top ministers said, “We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory.”

Churches burned down by ISIS in Iraq

Churches burned down by ISIS in Iraq

It was a joint message from Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve, respectively foreign minister and interior minister in the Socialist government. A senior Christian cleric in Iraq, Patriarch Louis Sako, estimated that before the advance of IS, Mosul had a Christian community of 35,000 – compared with 60,000 prior to 2003.

According to the UN, just 20 families from the ancient Christian minority now remain in the city, which Isis has taken as the capital of its Islamic state. Islamic State was previously known as Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).

On Saturday, France’s opposition party, the National Front, organized a rally in Paris in support of Iraqi Christians.





















ETHNIC CLEANSING BY ISIS: Iraqi Christians are begging the civilized (non-Muslim) world for help

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ISIS is marking Christian homes with a Christian symbol much like the Nazis did to the Jews in Germany. Iraqi Christians are begging for help after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS, the jihadist terror group that claims to have established its own nation in the region.

Where is the conscience of the world? Where is the United Nations? Where is the American administration to protect peace and justice?” - Yousif Habash, Iraqi-born bishop of the Syriac Catholic Church

FOX News  Assyrian Christians, including Chaldean and Syriac Catholics, Syriac Orthodox and followers of the Assyrian Church of the East have roots in present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that stretch back to the time of Jesus Christ. While they have long been a minority and have faced persecution in the past, they had never been driven completely from their homes as has happened in Mosul under ISIS. When the terror group ordered all to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution, many chose another option: flight.


“By 12 noon on Saturday, the Christians — all of them — left the city,” Yousif Habash, an Iraqi-born bishop of the Syriac Catholic Church, told Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, included 60,000 Christians in 2003. By last month, the number had dwindled to just 35,000. It now stands at zero, according to Ignatius Yousef Younan III, patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church.

“We have to pray to wake our master, the Lord Jesus,” a somber Younan, who was in Mosul earlier this month and has discussed the situation with the Pope, said Wednesday on Fox & Friends.

Mosul Chaldean Cathedral burned down by ISIS

Mosul Chaldean Cathedral burned down by ISIS

Habash, who roundly criticized the Obama administration and the United Nations, specifically, for what he called their “careless absence” in taking action against the militants, said such violent intolerance demanded action from the international community.

Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, is the “first cradle of Christianity in Iraq,” Habash said. But after Islamic militants seized the city on June 10, Arabic letters with a chilling ultimatum were left at the homes of Iraqi Christians. “The letter said that if you don’t convert or if you don’t pay, there is a sword between you and us, meaning execution,” Habash said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned ISIS’s actions on Sunday, a day after Mosul’s Christian population fled to other areas, such as the nearby self-rule Kurdish region.

A house in Mosul tagged with the Arabic letter "Nun" for "Nassara" (Christians in Arabic) and another with "property of the Islamic State".

A house in Mosul tagged with the Arabic letter “Nun” for “Nassara” (Christians in Arabic) and another with “property of the Islamic State”.

“What is being done by the Daesh terrorist gang against our Christian citizens in Ninevah province, and their aggression against the churches and houses of worship in the areas under their control reveals beyond any doubt the extremist criminal and terrorist nature of this group,” al-Maliki said in a statement released by his office. “Those people, through their crimes, are revealing their true identity and the false allegations made here and there about the existence of revolutionaries among their ranks.”

Pope Francis also called for an end to Christian persecution in Mosul, holding a moment of silence Sunday in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. “Violence isn’t overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace,” the pope told the crowd. “Our brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are chased away.” 

Some iraqi Christians disagree with the pope

Some iraqi Christians disagree with the pope

The U.N. said on Sunday that at least 400 families from Mosul — including other religious and ethnic minority groups — had sought refuge in the northern provinces of Irbil and Dohuk.

Dr. Sallama Al Khafaji, a member of the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights, reportedly told a local news agency that ISIS militants forced their way into the home of an Assyrian family in Mosul, demanding a “jizya” or poll tax. When the family said they could not produce the money, three jihadist militants raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband and father, who later committed suicide, according to the report.

ISIS in front of church

ISIS in front of church in Mosul

Mosul is home to some of the most ancient Christian communities, but the number of Christians has dwindled since 2003. On Sunday, militants seized the 1,800-year old Mar Behnam Monastery, about 15 miles south of Mosul. The resident clergymen left to the nearby city of Qaraqoush, according to local residents.

Irbil’s governor, Nawzad Hadi, has pledged to protect fleeing Christians and other minority groups. The territory is currently home to more than 2 million refugees and internally displaced people from Iraq and Syria, according to the United Nations.


Suspected Islamofascist militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya because he wasn’t a Muslim

A militia in Benghazi, Libya, has beheaded a Filipino construction worker, allegedly after singling him out for being a non-Muslim, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said. 


IB Times (h/t Lord K)  Meanwhile, the Philippine government announced Sunday that it had instituted Alert Level 4 in Libya — the highest alert level to be placed on countries experiencing armed conflict — and that it would evacuate 13,000 Filipinos from the country.

The beheading marks the first Filipino death in Libya since the 2011 revolution, according to the department. It is also the first reported beheading in the country since 2011. The construction worker was kidnapped July 15 at a checkpoint in the Gwarsha district of Benghazi. The report comes just two weeks after three Europeans working for an Italian construction company were kidnapped in the western city of Zuwara.


According to Libyan media, the man’s name was Antonio Espares, an employee at Kibra construction company. A department spokesperson told media Monday that the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $160,000. According to Philippine media, the construction company negotiated with the kidnappers for four days. The employee’s remains were found at a hospital on Saturday.

The department said in a statement that all Filipinos in Libya should return home “as soon as possible.” “These events indicate that it is no longer safe for our OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers ) to remain in Libya. For their own safety, the DFA urges them to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to register for repatriation,” the statement said.

Libyan protesters hold a demonstration demanding the departure of militias on July 7, 2013, in Tripoli. The protesters thronged Algiers Square in the capital from mid-morning to demand the implementation of a General National Congress order for militias to withdraw from the city.AFP

Libyan protesters hold a demonstration demanding the departure of militias on July 7, 2013, in Tripoli. The protesters thronged Algiers Square in the capital from mid-morning to demand the implementation of a General National Congress order for militias to withdraw from the city. Apparently they haven’t. AFP

It is unclear which militia in Libya was responsible for the beheading. There are currently dozens of militias operating in the country. The most intense rivalries exist in the northern part of the country where fighting broke out between rival militias at the Tripoli airport last week. Recent violence at the airport killed more than 47 people.

“Beheading is a form of humiliation and intimidation,” Max Abrahms, an expert on terrorism at Northeastern University, said. “It is usually used in sectarian warfare.”

The fighting at Tripoli’s airport is between Islamist-led militias and their more liberal rivals. Renegade general Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in the eastern part of the country near Benghazi in May and vowed to crush the Islamists.

 47 people had been killed in fighting between militias from Zintan which control the airport and rivals from Misrata for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli.

47 people had been killed in fighting between militias from Zintan which control the airport and rivals from Misrata for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli.




Christian pastor who was victim of vicious acid attack by Muslims warns the state of Israel never to trade land for peace with Muslims

Tom Trento interviewed Rev. Umar Mulinde (a former Muslim) who was nearly killed by Muslims in Uganda because of his religion, says that the hatred of Jews is not political, but purely religious, as demonstrated by the Muslim genocide of Christians in Africa and around the Muslim world.

Breitbart  This current battle that “the Jews are fighting over there,” is actually one small component of the fight that the West is engaged in against Islamic jihad. Therefore, it is intellectually and materially essential that all countries and people who hold to the Judeo-Christian values of Western Civilization stand with Israel in her critical defining moment in history.  


IRAQ: Christians flee Mosul after ISIS ultimatum to convert or leave


Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said.

Al-Arabiya  “Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil,” in the neighboring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians.”

Witnesses said messages telling Christians to leave the city by Saturday were blared through loudspeakers from the city’s mosques Friday.


quote-submit-to-islam-and-be-safe-or-agree-to-the-payment-of-the-jizya-tax-and-you-and-your-people-khalid-ibn-al-walid-206179A statement dated from last week and purportedly issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group that took over the city and large swathes of Iraq during a sweeping offensive last month warned Mosul’s Christians they should convert, pay a special tax, leave or face death.

“We were shocked by the distribution of a statement by the Islamic State calling on Christians to convert to Islam, or to pay unspecified tribute, or to leave their city and their homes taking only their clothes and no luggage, and that their homes would then belong to the Islamic State,” Sako said.

The patriarch, who is one of the most senior Christian clerics in Iraq, and residents contacted by AFP said Islamic State militants had in recent days been tagging Christian houses with the letter N for “Nassarah”, the term by which the Koran refers to Christians.

The statement, which was seen by AFP, said “there will be nothing for them but the sword” if Christians reject those conditions.



IRAQ: ISIS jihadists order local government to starve the Christians and Shiites in Mosul


ISIS has ordered government workers to stop giving rations to Christians and Shiites in Mosul, according to a report by Younes Thonon for

AINA The official in charge of distributing rations in the Rifaq neighborhood said he had received orders from ISIS to cut the rations.

A displaced Iraqi Christian boy

Mr. Fadel Younis, the official in charge for the Kifaat neighborhood, said that he had received a similar order and a threat from ISIS, and was warned that if he gives rations to Christians and Shiites he will be charged and prosecuted according to sharia law.


The Ministry of Commerce had recently decided to give citizens three ration items, including flour, for the month of July.




BANGLADESH: Armed Muslims attack convent, attempt to rape nuns

A majority Muslim South Asian nation is reeling in outrage over an attack upon a convent where men attempted to rape the nuns. Armed men reportedly attacked the convent of PIME, or Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions nuns in Boldipuku, a village mission in Dinajpur diocese in northern Bangladesh.


Catholic  (h/t HPS) The attackers first tied the hands and legs of the mission’s two night watchmen and gagged them in the early morning hours. They then broke down the door of the room where the assistant pastor Father Anselmo Marandy was sleeping. They then raided the convent located in the mission campus. Twelve Muslims have been arrested in connection with the incident.

“It’s unprecedented because nuns are highly respected in Bangladesh,” Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur said. The 47-year-old Santal prelate said the nuns were beaten and molested, ending when police arrived.

Three PIME nuns suffered attempted rape and were sent to their provincial house in Dhaka, the national capital where they are trying to overcome the shock and mental suffering.”It’s very sad that the sisters cannot continue to work for the people, but our sisters are no longer safe,” Rosaline Costa, a Catholic human rights activist lamented.

Local Christians are currently living in fear since the attack. Christians form only 0.8 percent of Dinajpur district’s three million people. Muslims account for nearly 77 percent, followed by Hindus 21 percent.



MUSLIMS CELEBRATE RAMADAN by killing more Christians in Kenya

29 people were killed in overnight attacks by terror group al-Shabaab who raided Kenyan coastal village taking aim at residents and targeted police station. (FYI Kenya’s Muslim population is only about 11%)

Islamist al-Shabab gunmen apparently placed a Bible on the back of this man after they killed him during the attack on Hindi village, in Lamu county on the coast of Kenya, in which nine people were killed

Islamist al-Shabab gunmen apparently placed a Bible on the back of this man after they killed him during the attack on Hindi village, in Lamu county on the coast of Kenya, in which nine people were killed

UK Daily Mail  Twenty of the victims were killed in an attack in the Gamba area of Tana River county, where gunmen rushed the police station and freed suspected al-Shabab militants. Another nine were killed in a separate raid at the Hindi trading centre in neighbouring Lamu county, near the town of Mpeketoni where 65 people were killed last month.

The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which last September attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Mwenda Njoka, a spokesman for the interior ministry, told Reuters: ‘There were two attacks in Lamu and Tana River last night. In Lamu we have nine people dead and in Tana River we have 20. The number could rise.’


Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters in Mogadishu that the Somali group was behind both attacks on Saturday night. It had also said it was responsible for the June raids in Lamu County, around Mpeketoni.

Officials said a group of 10-15 men struck at Hindi, situated nine miles from the town of Lamu, and close to the town of Mpeketoni, which was nearly destroyed in one of the attacks in June, at about 10 pm on Saturday.

A police officer walks past blood stains on the ground at the Gamba police station in Gamba

A police officer walks past blood stains on the ground at the Gamba police station in Gamba

‘They went around shooting at people and villages indiscriminately,’ Abdallah Shahasi, the area chief, told Reuters. Al-Shabab announced that at the same time it had broken into the police station at Gamba and freed suspects from the detention cells. A Kenyan police source, who asked not to be named, corroborated that account.

He told Reuters: ‘They killed some of our colleagues and freed Muslim detainees. Some of those freed were linked to the Mpeketoni attacks two weeks ago. ‘We still don’t know how many detainees were freed until we verify with registers at the station.’

The officer said the gunmen got to the police station by car-jacking a truck and killing its three occupants. Five police officers were wounded in the attack and one officer was killed, he said.


IRAQ: Five Christians including two nuns feared kidnapped by ISIS

Will they be turned into sex slaves or used as bargaining chips with Barack Hussein Obama to get more terrorists released from Gitmo?

Sister Utoor Joseph (left) and Sister Miskintah, who disappeared on late Saturday, June 28 in Mosul

Sister Utoor Joseph (left) and Sister Miskintah, who disappeared on late Saturday, June 28 in Mosul

AINA  (h/t TROPMOSUL – The Assyrian television channel Ishtar TV is reporting that 5 Assyrians have gone missing in Mosul. Two Chaldean nuns from the Daughters of Mary Order, Sister Miskintah and Sister Utoor Joseph, as well as Hala Salim, Sarah Khoshaba and Aram Sabah have not been heard from for nearly two days.

Sisters Miskintah and Utoor managed an orphanage for girls in Mosul, in the Khazraj neighborhood near Miskintah Church. After Mosul fell to ISIS, the two nuns brought the orphaned girls to the city of Dohuk for safety. The Nuns returned late Saturday to Mosul, accompanied by Hala, Sarah and Aram, to inspect the monastery but there has been no contact with them nor any trace of their whereabouts since then.

It is believed they have been kidnapped by Muslims.

Hala Salim, Sarah Khoshaba and Aram Sabah.

Hala Salim, Sarah Khoshaba and Aram Sabah.

Nearly all of the Christians of Mosul have fled the city since it fell to ISIS on June 10. ISIS members bombed an Armenian church which was under construction in the Left Bank neighborhood, near al-Salaam hospital and looted The Church of the Holy Spirit (AINA 2014-06-12). Two days after taking over Mosul, imposed Islamic law (Sharia) (AINA 2014-06-14) and began collecting the poll tax (jizya) from Christians (AINA 2014-06-21). On June 21 ISIS members raped a mother and daughter and killed four women for not wearing the veil (AINA 2014-06-23).


IRAQI CHRISTIANS fear genocide by ISIS, asking U.S. for help

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One of the last Christian strongholds in Iraq came under attack this week, and its last remaining citizens are making a desperate plea to the U.S. for help.

Breitbart  Until this week, Qaraqosh was a town where Christians from other parts of Iraq could find refuge.  But late Wednesday night, ISIS rebels started shelling Qaraqosh, provoking a mass exodus on Thursday.  According to various reports, anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 citizens have fled. The Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Yohanna Petros Mouche, has remained behind with around 1,000 of the town’s inhabitants who do not have cars or other means of leaving.

Archbishop Mouche has been calling his friends in the United States asking for urgent help, including Bishop Yousif Benham Habash, the Syriac Catholic bishop of Our Lady of Deliverance, in Newark, New Jersey, who is from Qaraqosh.  On Friday morning, June 27th, Archbishop Mouche called Joseph Kassab, a US-based advocate for Iraqi Christians, and told him, “We need something done right now.  The people are frantic.” The town is without water and electricity and all the businesses have been closed down. The Archbishop said they need immediate aid and relief, especially food and water.  They also urgently need protection.

The United States continues to say it cannot put boots on the ground, but short of troops, it could provide arms and intelligence and humanitarian aid. Kassab says the Kurdish Peshmarga militia initially defended the town with a single battalion, but they have since reinforced their numbers with an additional three battalions.

Responding to the Archbishop’s plea for help, Kassab met with a number of members of Congress on Thursday, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.  According to Kassab, they are sympathetic to the plight of Iraq’s Christians, but there has not yet been concrete action, and ultimately it is the administration who must make the decision to act. “We have heard a lot of lip service,” Kassab said.  “It is time for action.  This is a religious genocide.  We must act now.”

Prior to the Iraq war, Iraq had 450 functioning churches.  Today that number is down to 53. ISIS’s recent attacks are cutting that number down further.  And it is not only Christians who are under attack.  ISIS has been making public announcements in towns they have conquered that anything unIslamic is forbidden, including the religions of the Yazidi, Shabak, Shia Muslims, and Christians, and the Iraqi military is unable to protect the minorities. Human Rights Watch reported on Friday, June 27th, that photographs and satellite images indicate that ISIS executed nearly two hundred men in the days after seizing Tikrit on June 11th.  ISIS themselves on a now defunct twitter feed claimed to have executed 1,700 Iraqi troops.


UGANDA: 12-year-old Christian daughter of ex-Muslim strangled to death by Muslims

Hassan Muwanguzi, nearly poisoned to death earlier this year in Uganda by Muslim relatives, did not expect the Muslim extremists who threatened to kill him on June 16 to murder his 12-year-old daughter.

Morningstar News  Muwanguzi did not recognize the four men who appeared at his door that evening and forced their way into his home in Katira, outside Mbale in eastern Uganda, with one shouting, “Today we shall kill you – you have been a trouble-maker and are not respecting our prophet’s religion.”


A former Muslim sheikh who converted to Christianity in 2003, Muwanguzi knew that Muslims are taught to spare females in attack, especially one as young as the daughter in his sitting room. He rushed to lock himself in another room. His wife and other children were not at home. He heard the cries of his daughter, Grace Baruka, as they began strangling her, and when he came out of the room’s doorway that opened to the sitting room, they seized him, he told Morning Star News.

“They hit me with a blunt object, and I fell down,” he said. “I just woke up and saw neighbors surrounding me while wailing, saying that my daughter is in critical condition.” The neighbors had taken Grace to a clinic in Katira, but upon arrival she was declared dead, an area church leader told Morning Star News.


Muwanguzi, who lost his first wife and job as a schoolteacher shortly after his conversion, was hospitalized on March 31 in Mbale after a Muslim aunt who called a family gathering in Kadimukoli village, Budaka District, allegedly put insecticide in his tea as relatives were upset at his conversion to Christianity. He has received advanced treatment for the poisoning and has largely recovered, but the toxicity can last for months.

“I am regretting why I survived the poisoning,” he said, weeping. “God could have allowed me to die. My daughter has died, and I am now mourning for her death as well have pain all over my body.”

Muwanguzi, who remarried and has three surviving children, has fled the area with his family. “Will my wife handle all these struggles?” he said. “It was better for me to die than to be alive seeing all these problems. I feel abandoned.” Muwanguzi suspects the attackers could be related to Muslims who opposed the Christian school he started in the predominantly Muslim area.


Following his conversion in his early 20s in 2003, Muwanguzi’s family immediately kicked him out of their home, and enraged Muslims beat him, he said. His first wife left him that same year, and he lost his job as a teacher at Nankodo Islamic School, near Pallisa. Even so, he opened a Christian school, Grace International Nursery and Primary School, at Kajoko, Kibuku District, 27 kilometers (16 miles) from Mbale; the area’s population of 5,000 people is predominantly Muslim.

Incensed by his boldness, an Islamic teacher, sheikh Hassan Abdalla, in 2011 filed a false charge that Muwanguzi had “defiled” his daughter, a minor. Together with his Muslim countrymen, Abdalla filed a case at the chief magistrate’s court in Pallisa-Kalaki, and a warrant for Muwanguzi’s arrest was issued on April 1, 2011.


Muwanguzi was arrested and released on bail after nearly a month. He said the Muslims filed the false charges because he had opened the Christian school against the wishes of the Muslim majority. More than a quarter of the school’s 235 children came from Muslim homes, with the consent of their Muslim parents, he said.

Area Muslims resorted to witchcraft to try to get him to close down the school, and when that didn’t work, they tried to discourage parents from bringing their children to the school, accusing it of converting Muslim children to Christianity by teaching Christian Religious Education, he said.


When his accuser failed to appear in court on multiple occasions, the judge finally found the accusations were false and dropped the case in May 2012, he said. A few weeks after he was acquitted, the owner of the land denied having sold it to Muwanguzi, and he received a court order to close down the school. In June 2012, he said, Muslim sheikhs, imams and relatives burned down his house for having converted to Christianity.

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.