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Campaign to end ritual killings on in Mukono

By Violet Nabatanzi

Added 14th August 2019 07:25 PM

A 2014 report by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) showed that boys were more likely to fall victims to ritual killings than girls.

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Pupils of Kiyagi Modern Primary School-Mukono posing for a photo with former Miss Uganda-UK Gladys Kyotungire. PHOTO: Violet Nabatanzi

A 2014 report by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) showed that boys were more likely to fall victims to ritual killings than girls.

 
Former Miss Uganda- UK chapter, Gladys Kyotungire has launched a campaign to end child sacrifice in the country.
 
Launched in more than fifteen schools in Mukono, the campaign aims at creating child sacrifice awareness among school-going children who may get caught unaware by the people who carry the vice.
 
Child Sacrifice is the act of murdering a child by a witchdoctor or their accomplices in order to use the child’s blood, organs and or limbs in a ritual.
 
"I’m trying to bridge the gap between the knowledge they have against the vice and what it means. A child may be safe at home, but not on their way to school," Kyotungire said.
 
She said in 2015, they decided to come up with the Art and Writing challenge where children are given an opportunity to write and present creative ideas on how ritual killings can be stopped.
 
Speaking at Legacy Primary School in Mukono, Kyotungire said that the Art and Writing Challenge has given children an understanding of what child sacrifice is.
 
"In Art and Writing Challenge, every school gets a question to answer, children participate and when we come to the school, we award every child with a certificate of participation as a sign that they are responsible citizens," Kyotungire added.
 
She further revealed that the best pupils are given school fees for one term, adding all this is done to encourage children's participation in matters that affect their lives.
 
The director of Kiyagi modern- Mukono district  Hakim Kizito said they have sensitized pupils to desist from accepting free eats, drinks from strangers and to avoid moving alone.
 
A 2014 report by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) showed that boys were more likely to fall victims to child sacrifice than girls.
 
The report established that of all victims of child sacrifice, 62.5% were boys, as opposed to 37.5% of girls.

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