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We can groom a violence- free generation!

My brother would have been among the dead had he was out of town that day! He is a rugby fan and Kyadondo Rugby Grounds one of the sites of the twin bomb blasts in Kampala is his usual outing place. He had been at the same place a week earlier when Uganda Rugby Cranes were playing with Kenya Rugby team! Thank God he survived!
Personally, I never thought that a normal human being can carry out such gruesome activities and still live with themselves. But I was wrong! Some people have no hearts and the bitter truth dawned on me on Sunday night when I gruesome pictures on breaking news on Nation Television here in Uganda! The shocked faces of the survivors, scattered pieces of flesh and blood spilled all over the place was disheartening!

It’s very sad indeed for a country to lose such a young generation of career people! The death toll according to the latest is at 76 people majority of them young corporate ladies and university students in their 20’s. These innocent people had dreams and bright futures ahead! It’s quite disturbing that they had to dies such horrible death!

Right now no one is at ease; no one knows what is to happen any time! By Monday, the city mortuaries were full of bodies some of which were unrecognizable. The hospital wards are full, and the few doctors are overwhelmed with the huge numbers of survivors who need emergency care!

What has happened here can happen anywhere else. It’s a global problem and therefore needs to be looked at in that perspective. According to government, there has been warning of such attacks by the Alshabab Militia because of the presence of Uganda’s Peace keeping forces in Somalia! My opinion is that the Somali issue should not be handled by individual countries but rather collectively by all the African Union member states to find a lasting solution to their problem.

What Ugandans need now is a message that consoles the bereaved families and gives hope to the living. A counseling centre has been established by government to help the traumatized. In the state of shock, fear and confusion, we need to be guided on how to raise security consciousness among the citizens. Adequate preventive/security measures in places that might be potential targets such as entertainment spots, places of worship, schools, bus stations, supermarketsneeds to be heightened all the time.

But is this a sustainable solution?
We need to create awareness on security consciousness of our people! We need to protect especially the schools, the venues where our innocent daughters and sons; sisters and brothers; nieces and nephews spend three quarters of the year learning. Most importantly, we need to groom a generation of people that do not resort to violence to resolve conflicts. We can do better than that! I believe we can find better ways of resolving conflict without maiming innocent people!!

Peace to you all
betty

Comments

Corine Milano's picture

Betty, When news like this

Betty,

When news like this breaks it is always hard to understand why. Even when the motives of the perpetrators come into the light, it never truly makes sense. All of us at World Pulse were sorry to hear of the bombings in Uganda. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. This was a headline in the US news when it first happened, but it is slowly dropping out of view. Voices like yours are necessary to remind us all that these things are not over once news coverage ends.

You write "Most importantly, we need to groom a generation of people that do not resort to violence to resolve conflicts. " So true! Women will pioneer this effort. It starts here!

All my love to you and your country,
Corine

PS> Glad to hear your brother is alright.

jadefrank's picture

For Uganda

Dearest Betty,

I'm so saddened to hear about the senseless bombings in Uganda. For people like you and me, it is difficult to imagine how a human being could be capable of such violent acts, and wish to take the lives of innocent people. But not everyone was raised with love and peaceful ideals and somehow we still live in a world where violence is a daily phenomena - whether it's directed at individuals or groups of people.

I agree, that this is a time for consoling the people of Uganda, for tightening security and creating action plans for preventing and, god forbid, responding to future violence. And let these initiatives be steeped in peaceful means of conflict resolution so that fear and added violence are not part of the solution.

When the bombing of the World Trade Center shook America, the media and President Bush's response was fueled in fear, anger and retaliation, which united much of our nation in a hateful and negative way. Something that we still haven't recovered from as the wounds were never healed - only made deeper with aggression.

As you suggested, the challenge is to create a response that empowers the community in a meaningful way for creating a more secure environment - and I agree that it's up to the international community to support Uganda in responding to the terrorist attacks, as it truly is global issue and not up to Ugandans alone to solve.

I stand with you Betty and offer my solidarity in facing this issue and I send my love and prayers to the Ugandans affected - personally, physically and emotionally by the attacks.

In friendship,
Jade

Joyful's picture

To Uganda

Dear Betty

I am still in disbelief to what happened in Uganda especially when I thought the World Cup had brought some form of unity among all nations in the world. We all talk about world peace and its something I would be happy to see happening, but in reality I know it is going to take a very long, long time to attain. At times I wonder what the world would be like if we all had the greatest and genuine love shown by babies and children as they wish noone no harm.

My deepest condolence to Betty and everybody in Uganda.

Stay Blessed,
Joyful

J.Chigiga

olutosin's picture

VERY SAD

This is a very sad news and my prayer is that God will help us to groom a violence free generation......my condolence to Ugandans...
Sad indeed...

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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