Eldos: Beaten for refusing to deny his faith
A young 25-year-old believer from a Muslim background from Kyrgyzstan has been brutally beaten for refusing to deny his faith in Jesus. Three men broke into the home of Eldos Satar Uluu, angry for leaving Islam. “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. Then they kicked his head while on the floor, breaking several of his front teeth and his jaw-bone,” a neighbour said.
“When the attackers realized 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’.
The doctors attending Eldos at the hospital were wary that Eldos would barely survive the brutal beating and the extensive injuries. Thankfully Eldos has survived the attack, but it will take him time to recover. 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 being fed through a tube at the moment. He will be able to chew food only after several months, doctors said.”
Threatened in the hospital
The attackers are not happy that Eldos and his family have filed a complaint with the police against them. One of them had the impunity to come to the hospital where Eldos is being treated to try and persuade him and his family to drop their complaint to the police. 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 are investigating. 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 had 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.”
‘I am still alive because of prayers’
Please pray for Eldos, as he grapples with these serious physical injuries, he is very anxious. This is giving rise to further panic attacks. His family is also extremely distressed. Eldos’ sister, who was six months pregnant, had a miscarriage due to the shock and stress.
Please pray for him and his family:
For comfort and healing for him and his family, especially his sister. May the Lord bring healing from trauma.
For protection from further attacks and threats
That God will change the hearts of Eldos’ attackers and draw them to Himself
That the police and those in the legal system will act justly in this case, and not allow religious persecution to go on with impunity.
Persecution in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is not on the World Watch List this year, but Christians here still face persecution. As in many other Central Asian countries, Kyrgyzstan has a special government body to supervise (and restrict) religion – the State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA). Religious groups must register with the SCRA every year, and the SCRA must approve all religious literature and materials before they can be produced, imported or distributed. In 2009 Kyrgyzstan introduced a law stating that a church must have at least 200 members to register; very few churches in the country have this many members. No religious activities beyond state-run and state-controlled institutions are allowed.
Despite all these restrictions, Christians in Kyrgyzstan experience more freedom than those in other Central Asian countries. The laws may be restrictive, but congregations who don’t manage to register can often function as house churches. They know their meetings may be stopped, but this doesn’t happen too often.
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