Eva Abdullah, 17, welcomed Christ into her life three years ago, though she grew up Muslim. After her conversion, her parents disowned her. Her father is a district Islamic leader. She lived with a Christian pastor until she was arrested.
A group of radicals in her
hometown of Bagamoyo on Tanzania’s coast sought to convince her to give
up her new Christian faith. When she refused, they falsely accused her
of urinating on a Quran, Islam’s holy book. Eva was arrested and put in
prison and many Christian leaders were too afraid to get involved in her
case because of Muslim dominance in the district. At her trial on July
23, the judge, who was allegedly bribed by the Islamic militants who
accused her, sentenced Eva to two years imprisonment.
A VOM contact visited Eva in October. He brought paperwork for
Eva to sign in order for her appeal to be filed in the capital. Some
sympathetic attorneys are handling her case and deferring payment. The
VOM contact wrote that he was greeted by two Christian female guards who
are caring for Eva. They both promised to help keep her safe. Since it
was not a day for regularly scheduled prison visits, our contact instead
had to hand the paperwork through the thick iron bars and exchange a
quick handshake with Eva. "She thanked Jehovah God a lot for our
visits," he wrote.