A 14-year-old girl in western Uganda is still unable to walk 10 months after her father persecuted her for leaving Islam and believing in Christ, according to area Christians.
Report says that Susan Ithungu of Isango village, Kasese district, has been hospitalized at Kagando Hospital since October 2010 after neighbors with police help rescued her from her father, Beya Baluku. He was arrested shortly afterward but quickly released, sources said.
Susan and her younger brother, Mbusa Baluku, have been living alone with their father after he divorced their mother. In March 2010 an evangelist from Bwera Full Gospel Church, Pastor Joseph Baluku, spoke at Susan’s school, and she got converted.
Speaking from her hospital bed, she said, “I heard the message of Christ’s great love of him dying for us to get everlasting peace, and there and then I decided to believe in Christ. After a month, news reached my father that I had converted to Christianity, and that was the beginning of my troubles with him. Our father warned us not to attend church or listen to the gospel message,” Susan said. “He even threatened us with a sharp knife that he was ready to kill us in broad daylight in case we converted to Christianity.”
The Pastor said neighbors who discovered the girl was being locked in a room with almost no food or water notified authorities, and after her release took her to the hospital. It is unknown when Susan will be discharged, but the Pastor said area residents and church members will try to gather funds for the medical costs incurred.
The pastor said after a recent visit, “By God’s grace Susan is still alive. Though she can’t walk, she can now talk. The great news is that Susan is still strong in the Lord Jesus Christ.”