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Pastor receiving free aid in Israel after acid attack
Written by -- Monday, 16 January 2012
TORONTO – A pro-Israel Christian pastor from Uganda is receiving free medical treatment in Israel after being attacked with acid in Kampala on Christmas Eve.
Umar Mulinde, 38, converted to Christianity from Islam when he was in university. Since then, he has openly criticized Islam, and his ministry has included public debates with Muslims. His wife is a popular gospel singer.
The evangelical minister learned about Israel through JerusalemOnlineU.com, which offers online courses about Israel and Judaism. Mulinde went on to teach the courses at his Gospel Life Church International as well as to neighbouring Christian ministers. He also organized a 5,000-person teach-in about Israel in a local stadium.
The acid attack appears to have had religious overtones.
“I was attacked by a man who called out to me shouting ‘Pastor, Pastor’ and I turned to see who he was,” said Mulinde. “Then he poured acid which burnt part of my face. As I turned away from the attacker, another man poured liquid on my back and ran away shouting ‘Allah Akhbar’ (God is greater).”
The acid caused severe burns to Mulinde’s face and torso and damaged his right eye. While in hospital in Kampala, he contacted Andrea Gottlieb, executive director, JerusalemOnlineU.com, and asked whether the school could help him seek more advanced medical treatment in Israel. Gottlieb turned to Professor Zeev Rotstein, director, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, in Tel Hashomer, Israel. In addition to its global humanitarian work, Sheba has specialized in providing care for eye and burn injuries throughout Africa. Rotstein offered to provide acute and rehabilitative care to Mulinde at no charge.
A JerusalemOnlineU.com board member worked with Israel’s Foreign Ministry to arrange travel visas on short notice and Mulinde arrived in Israel, via India and Jordan, on Jan. 5. He is receiving treatment at the Sheba Burns Unit and the Sheba Eye Institute.
“Pastor Mulinde uses our courses to share his love for Israel with others,” said Gottlieb. “He is a devoted and loyal friend of Israel. We quickly responded to the pastor’s urgent needs and are grateful that he is now receiving the best medical treatment in the world.”
Rotstein added, “Healing is deeply ingrained in Jewish history and tradition. So it was only natural that we agreed to help Pastor Mulinde.... I trust that we can rehabilitate him and perhaps help him regain his eyesight.”
Last Updated ( Monday, 16 January 2012 )