Sent early to heaven,heaven wasnt expecting that visitor at that age,on that day,because he/she still had years to live
A family wakes up one morning,happy,laughing,doing everything together,parents making future plans for the little angels,the angels all imagining what they will become,others think they will be the best legislators,ministers,presidents,doctors,yes as children we all have these dreams and we believe in them and in our selves.
But suddenly this dream is crashed,just a few hours into the the day,there's dead silence because one angel is missing from the complete number,either he/she was just running around the village,or had been sent to a nearby shop,was playing with friends.Anxiety arises because not even the neighbours know his/her whereabouts,the little friends murmur something that cant even be heard.suddenly the whole neighborhood is combed,turned up and down looking for this little one,minutes turn into hours of long wait,a mother holds her chest and breasts in anticipation of her little one,that he\she will return,the day is gone,with no trace,she keeps the hope that in the night the little one will come knocking at the door,she can hardly sleep,but it's dawn,still no sign of her baby,it's another day of searching and looking,then another day,they are probably 4 days already.Then somehow in the nearby bushes a fowl stench engulfs the village,flies swarm around the same spot,curiosity drives everyone there only to find a badly mutilated body,headless,with no private parts,and internal organs.
The little baby is reduced to this maggot ridden decomposing body.the family cant hold it self,questions arise!"who could have done this?"only to discover it was probably an uncle,grand parents,an aunt,neighbour,best family friend behind this gruesome murder,all in pursuit for promised quick wealth by a cold hearted witch doctor,hungry and thirsty for human blood and body parts to conduct a ritual..
Efforts to bring justice is futile,the family gives up on the pursuit and is left to grieve and live with bitter memories of what has befallen the family.
How can murdering an innocent child bring one fortune?how can someone be so bad to commit such an act?what happened to the people we trust so much?why are they the enemies of our children instead of protecting them?.This is no movie or drama dear reader,these are real life stories that grace television news bulletins,daily news papers among others.
Had it not been for the intervention of human rights activists after the acquittal of Kato Kajubi,a Ugandan business man labelled tycoon(am wondering how many more he sacrificed)who brutally murdered a 12year old boy Joseph Kasirye,the poor family never would have had peace and the rich tycoon would still be out there today looking for his next victim,today he faces a life sentence,but can that bring Joseph back?In the confessions of the witch doctor Kajubi had consulted,young Joseph was lured by the witch doctor who was well known in the village with the promise of a job at a rich man's home.In the confession of the witch doctor and his wife,they said when Joseph arrived,he was offered soda laced with drugs,immediately he became helpless and a knife was plunged in his throat and Kajubi the businessman finished the boy off with a gun shot in the head before severing off his head and making off with it.
When in 2004 when my then 4 year old brother suddenly went missing from around 4pm and was recovered the following day with a bar maid who fortunately had gone to report a lost child at the very police station where my family had chosen to report the case of a missing child,how he walked upto that place still remains a mystery to us but we are thankful we found him.There's an assumption that a circumsized boy or a child with pricked ears will always survive the act of sacricifice since the witch doctors deem those with any piercings and cuts unfit,my brother was circumsized for health reasons as a child,could he have been abandoned because of that?he was found with the buttons of his shirt ripped off and the shirt was now just fastened with a safety pin and his shorts were missing,all the same we thanked God for returning him alive to us,but the trauma we went through as a family before and after took some time to heal.I remember before the child was found,my mother sat down and said"Lord i know my child is dead by now,only help me to recover his body that i may give him a decent burial"..These are normally the woes,pain and anguish a family suffers after being subjected to the painful horror of child sacrifice.
Child sacrifice is an ugly act,painful,horrific,gruesome,barbaric and must be stopped.Children must be protected from this act,justice must given to those affected.laws must not just be kept on bookshelves but administered wherever applicable.When we blow the trumpet of protection and security,action must follow,or it will only be like playing famous music beats with no dancers on the floor.Today's child is tomorrow's future.Save the children of the world.