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Childhood in War, Blood and Violence

Childhood in War, Blood and Violence

In a country so impacted by war, bloodshed and disease, individual highlights of grief, betrayal, crime, torture, poverty and disease have been put together in this captivating book, Childhood in War, Blood and Violence.

From families torn apart by the war and HIV, friendships brought to an end by death, prison experiences that should never have been and a Uganda severely struck by poverty. We are led to think back to the past in order to appreciate the present.

The stories are a representation of so many children who have suffered during the wars, children who lost their innocence to rape, those whose hearts were made bitter in the face of bloodshed plus those who have dealt with betrayal at such an early age.

However, there are great lessons to learn. We can now live more cautiously; talking to our children about HIV while protecting ourselves from the scourge, leaving limited room for trust in not just friendships but also family members. I hope that after reading these stories, you feel empowered to become a change vessel for the generation to come. Over half of the population of Uganda are children below 15 years; we need to save them from war, bloodshed and violence.

The stories are an illustration of a Uganda that was very unpromising. Therefore today, when we can be away from our homes beyond 6pm, when children have safe swimming pools for pleasure, when you can spend over a year without hearing a gun shot in your vicinity, we are looking at a land full of promise and give thanks to God. If Uganda embraces their motto “For God and my Country”, the future ahead for the children will be one without war, blood and violence.










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    GENOCIDE IN RWANDA - Testimonies of


    It is true time heals all wounds and the pain felt today will be less than what the heart will feel tomorrow. But then history cannot be erased. And the Rwanda genocide left wounds that may hurt less now but whose scars remain so visible. Recorded herein are life changing stories of some genocide survivors. Only they can best describe their fears, struggles and turmoil.


    A period of 3 months saw members of the Hutu ethnic majority murder as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority. Ordinary citizens were incited by local officials and the Hutu-led government to take up arms against their neighbours, friends, in-laws and wives. Hutus of all ages were trained to be strong, brutal and vigilant while conducting acts of hatred against the Tutsis.

    Countless children watched as their parents were killed. Men were forced to cut off their wives’ heads. Mothers helplessly looked on as their babies were burnt. Only a few narrowly escaped the catastrophes that happened so fast leaving the entire country in a desperate state.


    By the time the Tutsi-led Rwandese Patriotic Front gained control of the country, hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were dead not only from the massacres but also from hunger and disease. Many more had been displaced from their homes while others still live with the guilt participating in the murders. Today, they have enough courage to share their experiences.