|The Devil and Archbishop Henry Orombi, Christian chairty ought begin at home!|
¨Many of them such as Peter Lopiding, 62, have done it to get money for food to feed their families.
Only weeks after the transaction, the money runs out and they regret selling their children.
Mzee Peter Lopiding, 62, is glued to his stool, Eche Cholon, under a tree at the bus stop at Iriri trading centre in the newly-created Napak district.
A Gateway bus from Kampala arrives and the door opens. Lopiding carefully looks at every disembarking passenger, with the hope that his daughter will be one of them. She isn’t. And as usual, he is disappointed.
He cannot count how many times he has come to the bus stop with the hope that his daughter will be one of the passengers from Kampala.
Three years ago, an ‘aid worker’, gave Lopiding sh50,000 and took his 14-year-old daughter to Kampala. His family was starving and they needed to buy food. Besides, with the girl gone, Lopiding had fewer mouths to feed. He bought sorghum, the staple food in Karamoja, for his family of 10 but after a week, the money was gone.
But the ‘aid worker’ had not told him the truth. Lopiding thought he was only hiring out his daughter and she would come back after a while.
“He took my daughter to Kampala and promised to let her visit us often. It is now three years and she has not returned. Every day, I sit here with the hope of receiving her,” he says.
Like Lopiding, many poverty-stricken Karimojong parents have been duped into selling off their children. According to UNICEF, over 50,000 children from Karamoja have been sold or hired out since 2001. HERE
|“The only sacrifice is the blood of Jesus because it is pure and washes |
away sins.” Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, of the Church of Uganda
blamed devil worship for child sacrifice.¨
Many children all over the country every year have been increasingly killed in cold blood by traditional healers and witch doctors.
The epidemic is on the rise and now is the time to hear the fading
voices of these children and advocate for action against these ritual
According to the 2008 Uganda Crime Report, ritual murders rose by 80% from
the previous year with children emerging as the target victims. In 2009, an nter-ministerial anti-human sacrifice/trafficking task force under the Uganda Police was set up to combat the ritual murders. HERE
· Thanks to Frederick Womakuyu
· Thanks to Olandason Wanyama
· Thanks to New Vision, Kampala
· Thanks to End Child Sacrifice, Uganda