They Cry in Silence Nov/Dec 2011

Kidnapped Christian Girl in Sudan Escapes. Hiba Abdelfadil Anglo, 16, has escaped from Muslims who kidnapped her in June 2010, beat and raped her, and tried to force her to convert to Islam. She has been reunited with her family.

“The man who put me in his house on several occasions tortured me and threatened to kill me,” she told Compass Direct. After a year, she had given him enough of an impression that she had converted to Islam that he left her unguarded. She fled the house and begged a motorist to take her to her home two hours away. “I had tried to escape three times before, but they captured me every time and beat me a lot,” she said, sobbing.

Her widowed mother, Ikhlas Omer Anglo, told Compass the kidnappers targeted them because they are Christians. When the girl’s mother went to the police, they told her she must first leave Christianity for Islam.

Hiba was initially locked in a room and beaten unconscious. The gang leader raped her, and she still suffers pain in her right eye from a blow he recently dealt her. “Whenever I try to pray, I find it difficult to forget. I ask believers to pray for me for inner healing,” she said. She fears the Muslims are still trailing her.

Hiba, who would like to become an accountant, was kidnapped while going to the Ministry of Education in Khartoum to obtain her transcripts for secondary school. Her mother is still jobless after being fired for taking time off to search for her daughter, even though she was given permission.

Ugandan Girl Loses Use of Legs After Leaving Islam for Christ. A 14-year-old girl in western Uganda is still unable to walk almost a year after her father locked her in a room with no sunlight for six months and with almost no food or water because she left Islam for Christ.

Susan Ithungu has been hospitalized since October 2010 after neighbors and police rescued her. Her father was arrested but was quickly released, sources said.

In March 2010 an evangelist spoke at Susan’s school, and she trusted Christ. “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,” she said from her hospital bed. “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. He even threatened us with a sharp knife that he was ready to kill us in broad daylight in case we converted to Christianity.”

When their father was away, her brother roasted bananas for Susan. “I also dug a hole under the door, where I could pour water through,” he said. “My sister could drink the water using her tongue. But most days she could only feed on mud.”

“The miserable young Susan was bony, very weak, and not able to talk or walk,” said a pastor. “Her hair had turned yellow, she had long fingernails and sunken eyes,“ and she weighed only 44 pounds (20 kilograms). “Though she can’t walk, she can now talk,” he said. And she “is still strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. She needs prayers and support, so that she can resume her education soon.”

Compiled by reports filed by Compass Direct News.

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