We have issues in our government and losing freedoms here. But what happened Sunday night would never happen here. I am absolutely shocked and horrified.
Sunday night, the government send graders into the slums of Namuwongo and demolished everything within 30 meters of the railroad track. Homes, businesses… everything.
No chance to pack up belongings or protect children.
Just graders mowing down homes with people in them.
Thousands of people are now displaced. I don’t know if any died, but almost all have lost all of their possessions.
Many of our ladies from Nawezakana lost both their homes and their businesses.
Our two elderly widows are now sheltering in a church. That sounds okay until you know that a churches in the slums are open air, with a few rough wooden benches. It is not a place elderly women should be living.
Look at these pictures, taken by Sherry Shaeffer Roberts and posted to Facebook yesterday. At the end, I’ll let you know what we’re doing – at least what we know right now.
It appears that the “good” side of the tracks is not to be spared. Ray of Hope stands to lose some or all of their compound. You can see that their gate has been marked with a big X for demolition. Other houses – nice, expensive houses – on that side are also scheduled to go. The government is ignoring land titles and simply smashing everything along the whole track.
So what are we doing?
First, we are raising as much money as we can to help relocate, resettle and reestablish our ladies, both in their homes and businesses. We’ve got some ideas on how to do this, but we are communicating with people on the ground to try to come up with the best solution. It is going to take thousands of dollars, so PLEASE, PLEASE donate anything you can.
Second, we are relocating Doreen, one of our elderly widows, back to her village. Some months ago, Doreen went back north to her village with a pastor and made sure there were still records of her land ownership. We haven’t had the funds to send her and get her reestablished, but we are doing it now and trusting the funds to come in. Caroline, our other elderly widow, is high on our priority list to find a home for.
Third, we are praying. Ray of Hope has school every weekday for P1-P3. They house and feed 30 street kids. Their office is there, the sewing machines are there, and it is the hub for all they do. Losing this facility will be devastating.
Please join us! This is truly a crisis. These women are almost all refugees from the conflict that had plagued the north for 18 years, losing everything once. Now, they’ve lost it all again.
I spent this morning weeping and asking God “WHY??”
His answer? “For My glory.”
The people of God need to come together and overcome this evil. We need to show His love for His beloved people in the slums of Namuwongo.
Edmund Burke said: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
THIS is evil. THIS is corruption. THIS is a humanitarian crisis. Please help us to help them.
100% of your donations (minus processing cost from Go Fund Me, which is minimal) will go to the work. We take NO administrative fees. We will do whatever it takes to solve this for our ladies.
Stay tuned for updates.