Uganda: Tarnished Pearl

Charges of wanton violence

Before the seven-truck convoy of Ugandan soldiers moved into Namu-gongo, the village was known primarily for its shrine commemorating the martyrdom of 45 Christians who were burned alive in 1885. But in a modern-day massacre, by the time the troops left last May they had ransacked the town, executed an Anglican priest and tortured and killed as many as 100 villagers. When army units swept north through the Karamoja region, there were reports of more atrocities. After driving more than 20,000 farmers and cattle breeders from their homes, the soldiers obliterated villages, killed livestock and destroyed fields...

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