Wife and Kids Killed by Husband for Refusal to Convert Reports World Watch Monitor

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A wife and her twin newborn babies were attacked and killed by the husband because she was unwilling to convert to Islam reports World Watch Monitor. Another local news source stated that the reason for the killing was that the newborn twins were not the husband’s children, but World Watch Monitor’s source disagreed. The unnamed source states that he wife had been repeatedly told to convert by her husband while they were married, and that he had become frustrated by her refusal. According to the man, he had planned the attack. 

01/30/2018 Uganda (WorldWatchMonitor) A Christian woman has been brutally attacked with a machete by her Muslim husband for refusing to convert to his religion, sources told World Watch Monitor. The attack led to the death of the woman’s one-week-old twins.

Regina Navatovu, 35, lived with her husband, Asuman Sekidde, in Bumogolo village in the south of Uganda. When Navatovu conceived in 2017, Sekidde claimed the children were not his and accused his wife of having an affair. Sekidde had started to threaten to hurt his wife before moving to Kalangala, more than 100km away, in Lake Victoria.

The twins were born on 18 December and Navatovu made contact with her husband to let him know. Sekidde returned on 22 December and that night attacked his wife and the newly-born children with a machete.

Neighbours helped take the mother and children to a local hospital. One of the twins died from a loss of blood, the other was unable to be kept warm by the unconscious mother and died from hypothermia, reported the Ugandan Daily Monitor. Navatovu lost her right hand and some fingers from her left hand in the attack.

Dr. Mark Juuko, a spokesman for Masaka Hospital, told local media that Navatovu was “still very weak and deeply traumatised”. He added that she was able to explain what happened but needs “much emotional support”.

 

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