A Ugandan man who converted to Christianity from Islam over 10 years ago has accused his relatives of trying to poison him to death late last month as retribution for his conversion.
Hassan Muwanguzi told Morning Star News that his aunt invited him over to her house under the pretense of asking for prayer for her sick daughter.
"After eating and taking tea, I started feeling stomachache, then I realized that she was the one responsible for it – and I believe she did not do it alone, since they have been hunting for me directly and indirectly, because when I left them and converted to Christianity it pained them so much," Muwanguzi wrote in an email. "The reason they want to kill me is very clear – it is because of being a convert to Christianity; above all, to them it is like I brought shame by converting, as a [former] sheik. But to God the Almighty Father, this was His plan for me to expand His Kingdom." more >>
Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped nearly 200 girls from a boarding school in northeastern Nigeria.
"They took away my daughter," said one woman from Chibok, who asked for anonymity due to the uncertain fate of the children, according to AFP.
"I don't know what to do," the mother added. "They should not allow our daughters' dreams to be shattered by these murderers." more >>
Seventy-one people were killed and 124 were injured in a bus bombing attack in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday. A Roman Catholic priest stated that Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram is likely the culprit.
"The authorities have not yet confirmed that this was an attack carried out by Boko Haram, but suspicion is likely to fall on armed group Boko Haram," Fr. Patrick Tor Alumuku, director of social Communications of the Archdiocese of Abuja, told Fides News Agency.
"The bus depot where the explosion took place is normally used by a large number of commuters to get to work in the center of the capital," he noted. "The victims are therefore normal people, who belong to the working class, who were on their way to work." more >>
The president of the Episcopal Conference of Cameroon said the Roman Catholic Church is the only institution that is still functioning in the war-torn Central African Republic, as he highlighted the violence that has cost thousands of lives.
"The State no longer exists. The only institution that is functioning is the Catholic Church. Actually, the displaced are living in Catholic parishes," said His Exc. Mgr. Samuel Kleda, who is also the archbishop of Douala, according to Fides News Agency on Tuesday.
The African country, where 25 percent of the population is said to be Roman Catholic and a majority is Christian, is reportedly still plunged in chaos due to fighting between Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka fighters. Violence has escalated since interim President Michel Djotodia resigned earlier this year. more >>
International relief organization Samaritan's Purse is responding to an Ebola outbreak in Liberia by providing emergency medical supplies and conducting awareness campaigns.
The Christian organization, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, dispatched medical response personnel to various parts of the country after the disease claimed the lives of over 80 people throughout several West African countries last week.
"This is a very serious situation that could become even more critical in the coming days," said Graham in a statement. "Our team in Liberia is committed to doing all we can to share God's love with Liberian people by providing medical support and other relief." more >>
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is accused in the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, started his testimony at his murder trial Monday by apologizing to the family of Steenkamp, and said, "I'm scared to sleep. I have terrible nightmares ..."
"I was simply trying to protect Reeva," Pistorius told the court as he took the witness stand in his own defense at his murder trial in Pretoria on Monday, according to Reuters.
Prosecutors say Pistorius killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in 2013 after an argument. However, the Olympian claims it was an accident, that he fired four shots through a locked toilet door after he mistook her for an intruder. more >>