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Emmanuel Nyaiti's father, Kauta-yokosofat. - Photo: Morning Star News www.morningstarnews.org
Emmanuel Nyaiti's
father, Kauta Yokosofat.
Photo: Morning Star News

While out on an errand for his grandmother on October 25th, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti encountered four men from his village. Knowing he was a Christian, the men tried to convince the boy that he should convert to Islam.

When Emmanuel refused, one of the men named Ali Lukuman slapped him. After the child started screaming, the men attempted to strangle him. There are also indications that he was given chloroform. By the time searching neighbours located him, the assailants had fled and the boy was found unconscious.

This incident is not the first encounter between the perpetrator and the victim's Christian family. Emmanuel's father, Kauta Yokosofat had previously received text messages, as well as face-to-face confrontations. Kauta was repeatedly told he must become a Muslim or leave the village.

This latest incident has been reported to the police who are investigating. At last report, the attackers had not been found.

Praise God that the location of the abducted boy had been discovered before it was too late, and that he miraculously survived the strangulation. Continue to remember Emmanuel as he recovers both physically and emotionally from the trauma. Pray for his family's safety, and that the Lord will give them wisdom and guidance as they navigate how to best deal with this hostile situation.

Country Information


43,252,966 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Baganda (16.5), Banyankole (9.6), Basoga (8.8), Bakiga (7.1), Iteso (7), Langi (6.3), Bagisu (4.9), Acholi (4.4), Lugbara (3.3), other (32.1) (2014 est.)

Religion (%)
Protestant (45.1 [Anglican 32.0%, Pentecostal/Born Again/Evangelical 11.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.7%, Baptist .3%]), Roman Catholic (39.3), Muslim (13.7), other (1.6), none (0.2) (2014 est.)

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (1986)

Government type
Presidential Republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law and customary law

Sources: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Uganda

As persecution increases, ask our Heavenly Father to fill believers' hearts with peace to rest in Him and boldness to continue to share the gospel. Pray that new believers will be discipled in solid biblical doctrice and practice. Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of those responsible for the opposition so that they will turn to Jesus Christ.


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