A 25-year-old believer from a Muslim background from Kyrgyzstan has been beaten for refusing to deny his faith in Jesus.
Eldos Satar Uluu was home alone when three men broke into his house. A neighbour said: “They began hitting him and kicking him until he fell on the floor. They shouted at him that he is a ‘kafir’ (infidel), and that he had betrayed Islam.”
“When the attackers realised Eldos was half-conscious and could not move, they put him on a table and washed the blood off his face. They threatened that they would come back to kill him if he had not left the village by the morning.”
According to the neighbour, Eldos and his family are well-known as Christians, and ‘some in the village do not like this’.
Thankfully Eldos survived the attack, but it will take him time to recover from his injuries. The neighbour said, “He will not be able to speak or move his jaw or teeth as his gums were sown together. He will be in this condition for at least a month and a half. He is fed through a tube at the moment. He will be able to chew food only after several months, doctors said.”
Shockingly, one of the attackers came to the hospital where Eldos was being treated to try and persuade Eldos and his family to drop their complaint to the authorities about the attack. A relative said Eldos ‘was threatened with death if he did not do this’. When they refused, the attacker said, “Think about your future in the village. You will have to live with us in the same village.”
It was only after the threats in hospital that the police took two of the attackers into custody. They are meant to be under house arrest, but the police do not appear to be enforcing this. Police have claimed to local media that the attack was hooliganism as Eldos was allegedly listening to loud music, and that the attack ‘did not happen for religious reasons’. Eldos’ relatives are strongly disputing this, pointing out that none of the three attackers lived nearby.
Elodos’ lawyer Zhanar Askar Kyzy told Forum 18, “The case is at a standstill. The law-enforcement agencies are not investigating the case more. Eldos is in hospital, and the attackers are in freedom.”
As well as his physical injuries, Eldos has begun to have panic attacks following his beating and the ongoing threats against him. His family are also extremely distressed. Eldos’ sister, who was six months pregnant, had a miscarriage due to the shock and stress.
Please pray for Eldos and his family. Eldos has said, “I am still alive because of prayers of many people, I can feel it.” Please pray:
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