I was saddened by the story of three-year-old Evra Mudaali in the Saturday Vision of June 26. She was gruesomely killed and her body was found dumped at the shores of Lake Victoria.
The story says Mudaaliâ€™s parents left her with the grandmother who is allegedly implicated in her murder. Mudaali is not the only one who has died due to child sacrifice. Last week, in Tororo where I live, a one-day old baby was allegedly stolen by a woman who had befriended the mother in hospital. Fortunately, the Police in Tororo coordinated with their counterparts in Kampala, where the baby was rescued.
In the same paper, there were five other cases of children either defiled or sacrificed. This is so sad for our nation. Innocent children are being killed by selfish people. Why deny the children their lives? Why are the perpetrators heaping curses on our nation? Children are innocent and should not be killed in the name of wealth or marital wrangles. Parents can prevent child sacrifice by giving their children basic training.
When we were growing up, our parents taught us how to behave in society. For example, we were taught how to greet people and make sure we were home before nightfall. But today, walk along the roads and you will find children below 15 years at 9:00pm sent to buy an item from the shop without an adult.
Parents should reconsider their busy work schedules and incorporate their childrenâ€™s needs. Children thrive under the guidance of parents.
What does it benefit a parent to work so hard and end up frustrated because his children have not succeeded in life?
Apart from parents, the Police too can stop child killers in their tracks. I suggest the Police use harsh methods like shooting to crack down on these heartless child killers.
Finally, we seriously need to pray about child killers. Our nation needs deliverance and Godâ€™s intervention. Jesus Christ, on the verge of his death, in Matthew 26:47-55, told the people who arrested Him that all who draw the sword, will die by the sword.
The writer works with Compassion International