THE WAILS OF KARAMOJA AND THE SILENCE OF THE CAPITAL

A reign of terror yet again in Northern Uganda and this time the bitter piece of the bite is felt by wananchi of Karamoja. While the government spearheads its disarmament program targeting cattle wrestlers, pictures and videos from the region speak and display body parts separate from the others, torture beyond humanly imaginable and worry not even animals ought to bear.

With such weeps and worry, it is not less expected that curiosity arises all over the nation just like fear is spread elsewhere, the need of the Nation to know and the responsibility of government to respond is yet again put in the spotlight and under scrutiny. Tension is created in waiting while attention is paid to whoever bears even the least of authority and most certainly the one with the most.

And there comes silence in response, that despite social media flooding with videos and pictures, maybe true or not, for a government that often times jumps in rush to respond to media claims, why the silence? for a region blessed with a minister, why the abandonment? that even when parallel leaders by virtual of authority like the leader of opposition have made tweets regarding the issue, not much in response has been given to calm the spaces. Yet, more pictures and videos, before, now and later, spread as Ugandans weep, as terror reigns and as inhumanity prevails.

And if your sight cannot withstand disturbing images or videos, of parts of bodies separate from the others, some heads from the necks, hands from the arms while knees from the legs and blood stained or flowing from bodies or humans in a state of unspeakable pain, then dear mwananchi, humble thyself in sincere prayer for wananchi of Karamoja. As their wails so loud not to reach the capital.

Writer: BARYAMUJURA MAHAD is passionate about social justice

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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