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Morning Star News East Africa Correspondent

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NAIROBI, Kenya, April 13, 2021 (Morning Star News) – A mother of seven children in eastern Uganda suffered serious wounds and is cut off from her family after her husband and other Muslim relatives attacked her on Easter Sunday for putting her faith in Christ, sources said.

Salimati Naibira, 37, of Bukoba B village, Mayuge District, lost consciousness after her husband cut her with a dagger known as a Somali sword in the thigh and back on April 4 as she attended a worship service for the first time in the area, she said. She had converted from Islam to Christianity three days prior.

Naibira said she was on her way to the church service when she met her brother-in-law, Ahirafu Kowa, who asked her where she was going. He likely became suspicious after she told him she was going to visit a friend, she said.

One hour into the worship service, Naibira said, she saw through a window that her husband and other relatives were approaching.

“I saw my husband, Ayubu Kairu, and some family members enter the church gate shouting ‘Allah Akbar [jihadist slogan ‘God is greater’],’” Naibira told Morning Star News. “The church members took off from church worship to save their lives.”

The Muslim relatives entered the church building with sticks and the Somali sword. Naibira said the pastor and some church elders tried to protect her but were overpowered, and the assailants forced her into a van and drove her to a nearby forest.

“They started beating me with sticks, then my husband cut me with the Somali sword at the thigh and the back,” she said. “I regained consciousness only after several hours.”

A passing herdsman found her lying in a pool of blood at about 3 p.m., and he and others took the still unconscious Naibira to a clinic in nearby Kityerera town.

On April 5 hospital staff members managed to make contact with a Christian friend of Naibira, and on April 8 she picked her up from the hospital. At this writing Naibira was at an undisclosed location recovering from wounds on her face, thigh and back.

On April 1 Naibira had been visiting the friend’s workplace in Kaluuba town, telling her how doctors had not been able to give her any relief from heavy menstrual bleeding for four years, she said. A Christian evangelist arrived, told her about Christ and asked if he could pray for them, Naibira said.

“I shared with him the fear which had tormented me of the flow of blood that had troubled me for four years,” she said. “He said that Jesus is a healer, and that with Him all things are possible. As he prayed for me, I felt something like an electric power touched my body.”

The evangelist also prayed for the needs of her friend, unidentified for security reasons. Hearing that God’s love was revealed in Christ’s sacrifice for sins, Naibira received Him as Lord and Savior, she said. The evangelist told her to visit any nearby church for fellowship and to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday, April 4.

“Before leaving my friend, I was full of joy,” Naibira said. “At night I got a dream of watching a film of Jesus crucified on the cross.”

She awoke with a feeling of excitement, and the issue of blood had stopped, she said.

Naibira said she does not see how she can gain custody of her children, who range in age from 4 to 17 years old. She said she cannot return home.

“I hope my children are safe,” she said.

The assault 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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In some Republican-led states, lawmakers are working to push through legislation that would restrict abortions by medication.

As much of medical care has switched to virtual models during the pandemic, the option for an abortion done through medication has also become increasingly prevalent. About 40 percent of all abortions in the country are done through medication, The Associated Press reports.

In Ohio, lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban abortions by medication and charge doctors who prescribe the abortion-inducing drugs with a felony. A judge, however, has blocked the law from going into effect in response to a lawsuit.

In Montana, abortion opponents expect Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte to sign a ban on telemedicine abortions.

Rep. Sharon Greef, the Montana bill’s sponsor, says abortion drugs should not be “part of a do-it-yourself abortion far from a clinic or hospital.”

Meanwhile, abortion supporters say telemedicine abortions give needed medical access to rural residents who may not be able to get to an abortion clinic.

“When we look at what state legislatures are doing, it becomes clear there’s no medical basis for these restrictions,” said Elisabeth Smith, chief counsel for state policy and advocacy with the Center for Reproductive Rights. “They’re only meant to make it more difficult to access this incredibly safe medication and sow doubt into the relationship between patients and providers.”

Anti-abortion advocates also support legislation that would forbid abortion pills to be delivered by mail and require doctors to tell women undergoing the abortion by medication that the process can be reversed.

Abortion by medication has been available in the U.S. since 2000.

“Beyond its exceptionally safe and effective track record, what makes medication abortion so significant is how convenient and private it can be,” said Megan Donovan, The Guttmacher Institute’s senior policy manager. “That’s exactly why it is still subject to onerous restrictions,” she argued.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Protesters continued to rally for the second night in a row near Minneapolis, where a police officer shot and killed a Black man during a traffic stop.

According to The Associated Press, authorities said this week that the officer accidentally discharged her weapon. She was reportedly trying to tase 20-year-old Daunte Wright, said Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.

It “is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Gannon said. “This appears to me from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction in distress immediately after that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”

Police bodycam footage shows the officer trying to arrest Wright.

“I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” The officer says in the video footage.

Wright broke free and ran to get inside his car. The officer fired a single shot, and the car sped away.

“Holy (expletive)! I shot him,” the officer says.

Wright died of the gunshot wound to his chest, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Police were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant.

Activists and other community members responded to the fatal shooting with protests. Despite a curfew from the governor, protestors gathered in Brooklyn Center after nightfall.

When protestors wouldn’t leave the area after curfew, police fired gas canisters and flash-bang grenades.

“Move back!” police said.

“Don’t shoot!” the crowd said.

Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said Tuesday that 40 people were arrested at the protest in Brooklyn Center on Monday. At a protest in Minneapolis, 13 people were arrested for curfew violations and burglaries.

The officer in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. It is unclear if she will be fired.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

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