been paying the house rent and buying me
food and clothing,” said Susan, who added
that she has forgiven her father.
A member of the Bwera
Full Gospel Church in Kasese, Biira Dreda,
left her own four children under the care of
her mother in order to look after Susan
while she was hospitalized.
“It is now becoming
difficult to meet the school fees for my own
children,” Dreda said. “I am praying to get
some little funds so as to start an income
A member of a
Pentecostal church, Susan has begun to walk
with support. She cannot squat or stand
upright because she lay on one side for such
a long time, besides suffering a bout of
“I thank all those who
have continually supported me spiritually,
materially and even morally,” Susan said. “I
am also thankful to Biira Dreda, who stood
by me in the hospital, and to date she is
still with me when none of my family members
has come to see me. I now take Dreda as my
mother because of her care and love. My own
people have abandoned me.”
Jacob Mukobi, who
works with Uganda police as a child
protection volunteer, was tipped off that
Susan had been locked up in the house for
“When I got the
horrifying message about Susan that she had
been put under house arrest for converting
to Christianity, I went with the police to
the house on Sept. 6, 2010 and took her to
Bwera hospital,” he said.
Her father, he said,
is not ready to take her back.
“A neighbor heard
Susan’s father saying that she will be
accepted back to the family only if she
recants the Christian faith and rejoins
Islam,” he said.
When Mukobi asked
Susan’s father about his mistreatment of
her, he said only that he was upset by her
conversion to Christianity, Mukobi said.
“I do not like my
daughter calling herself Susan and leaving
her Muslim name, Aisha,” Mukobi said Baluku
On Oct. 22, 2010,
Susan was referred to Kagando hospital,
about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Bwera.
Six months later, she was referred to Curso
hospital in Kampala. She still could not
walk. Surgeons operated on both her thighs,
but as a doctor tried to stretch her leg,
one thigh bone was so weak that it broke.
She returned to
Kagando hospital after two weeks, but with
her condition deteriorating, after two
months she was referred to Kilembe hospital,
about eight kilometers (five miles) from
Though she has had to
drop out of school, she said she hopes to
return this year.
“I am now able to
handle a pen and write,” she told Compass
late last year. “I am able to sit down for
at least one hour, and I hope by next year
it will be much better, enough to enable me
go to school.”
Pastor Baluku said
that “many Good Samaritans” came to her aid.
“Susan at the moment
needs a balanced diet to strengthen her weak
bones, so that she can go to school soon,”