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A young man has escaped his home for fear of death threat on his life for refusing to participate in Islamic prayers in Lofa County.

The man identified as Sekoua Dukuly was forced to leave his home late evening on January 11, 2016 as a result of claim that his uncle forced him to attend Islamic prayers to his dislike because he is a Christian.

Sekoua was left to the care of his uncle in Tusu in Lofa County after his parents died. It is not clear as whether they both died from the Ebola virus disease that reportedly entered Liberia through the border with Guinea.

Quadu-Boni District in Lofa County is home to the Mandigo tribal people who are predominately Muslims.

According to one of the community residents that spoke with our Lofa County correspondent in the area weeks after the incidence in January 2016, Sekoua whereabouts are yet to be established.

The community resident, who claimed that the Sekoua confided in him but preferred not to be named, said the victim had earlier complained his uncle to him days before he left the area.

According to him, Sekoua said he will be forced to leave the community because his uncle wants to force him to do the Islamic prayers to his dislike.

The community resident also claimed that alleged that since the early part of January he fled the area to an unknown an destination for fear of death threats from his uncle and his collaborators.

Sekoua`s parents have had troubled time while residing in the town even years before he was born.

“Also to make situation worse, his mother people from the nearby town in the same chiefdom have on several occasions tried to forcefully initiate him into a secret society otherwise known as poro,” she added.

The poro society is a traditional bush school where males are taught to learn to hunt, farm, mend house, herbal medicines, and to assume leadership role in community life, though it is often marred by jealousy and deceit and sometimes death.

In Lofa County, the practice is common for young men to be forcefully initiated before they even arrive at teenage.

According to family sources, the attempted initiation is in keeping with traditional commitment made by his fore fathers years before he was born because such rite is accustomed to traditional leaders, or zoes.

His great grandfather was believed to have made a commitment with the secret society,” the source confided

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