It’s official! As many of you know, in less than 2 weeks I’ll be heading to Soroti, Uganda to work as a peace fellow with the Gideon Foundation. My flight will go from Minneapolis to New York City to Brussels to Entebbe. With a total of 22 hours. I’ll be using this blog to document my time in Uganda and to educate and raise awareness on the heinous practice of child sacrifice.
Child sacrifice is the killing, mutilation or removal of the body parts of a child for witchcraft, ritual practices or sale. In Uganda, this senseless crime has become a commodity of exchange and sadly, it has developed into a commercial business. Over the last few years, child sacrifice has been on the rise in Uganda. Reports have shown that over 3,000 children are believed to be sacrificed each year within the country. There are various economic and social factors that promote this horrific crime. This includes but is not limited to the following: desire for wealth or good health, superstitious beliefs, extreme poverty, deception by traditional healer etc.
During my fellowship, I’ll be working with the Gideon Foundation to put together a campaign that would raise awareness and eventually promote a law to make child sacrifice illegal in Uganda. I am ready and prepared for the challenges I will face during this fellowship. And, I am determined to bring a voice to those families whose voices have been suppressed and silenced for so long. I am both excited and nervous as I have never done anything like this before. However, I know that this fellowship will be an educational and rewarding experience for me.
If you would like to keep up to date with my experiences in Uganda, sign-up to receive e-mail notifications of my new posts at the bottom right-hand corner of this page. Although, my access to the internet may be limited, I will do my best to post updates on a weekly basis. I am greatly looking forward to this new chapter in my life and eager for the new experiences that life in Uganda will bring. To learn more about the organization I’ll be working with, please visit http://gideonfoundation.com/.
Let the adventure begin……
Posted By Oluwatooni Akanni
Posted Jun 4th, 2012