Child sacrifice in Uganda

(124 Posts)
xkittyx Tue 11-Oct-11 22:48:14

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15255357

Horrifying, and one of the worst things seem to be that the police have been bought off.

frownieface Tue 11-Oct-11 23:08:53

Truly horrific sad, but what can we do to stop this from happening? can we put pressure on our government? naive

Notquitegrownup Wed 12-Oct-11 09:29:42

Saw this on the 10 o'clock news last night and was very very moved. Just logged onto the Jubilee Campaign website which they mentioned, who are campaining to get the police in Uganda more resources to tackle this terrible terrible crime.

There is a petition on the Jubilee website which you can sign - they only have just over a thousand signatures so far! If you didn't see the news last night, you can read the report or watch it online. It is soooo moving, incredibly sad, and in the larger scale of things internationally, it ought to be something relatively easy to clamp down on, if public support is aroused.

Petition here: help to stop child sacrifice

Hoping that lots of mnetters can sign too to give this a real boost

How horrible sad

Apart from signing the petition, what else can we do? Would putting pressure on our government do anything? How does one even go about putting pressure on their government? confused

nokissymum Wed 12-Oct-11 09:56:24

Horrific! Absolutely horrific ! Maybe we can try contacting that pastor in kampala directly to ask what resources he might need as he is fighting a one man battle at the moment. Will try to investigate a bit further.

Notquitegrownup Wed 12-Oct-11 10:02:58

First thing to do is to keep this thread bumped. I'm sure that it is an issue which many MNetters will care about deeply if they read/hear about it, and several thousand signatures will make a real difference to the campaign. If we circulate our email lists of friends too, they can all sign.

CP - write to your MP. MPs used to count every letter received as representing a thousand people who care, but didn't get around to writing, so if they receive two or three or ten emails/letters they know that people really care.

NKM - I wondered about contacting him too. Even an email/letter of support might help to boost spirits

Ryoko Wed 12-Oct-11 10:11:52

Seriously why are those men still alive? as I watched that report the other day all I wanted to do was cut the balls and head off that witch doctor they where talking to, as the law does nothing about them I seriously wonder why the families haven't taken it upon themselves to wipe the bastards out, they know who is doing this.

jetgirl Wed 12-Oct-11 10:17:28

I watched this last night totally horrified. I have signed the petition and am going to speak to my HT about potential fund raising.
Good idea about writing to our MPs, and I'm going to put a link on my fb page . There's another report tonight on child trafficking in Uganda.

champagnesupernova Wed 12-Oct-11 10:18:51

OMG
there are no words...

Unlurked Wed 12-Oct-11 10:34:16

That's horrendous. Petition signed and I will be writing to my mp.

reallytired Wed 12-Oct-11 10:35:27

I wish we could do something financially to help Allan and his family. His family have had to sell their house to pay for their son's treatment. I have no idea how much it would cost to buy them another house. If every mumsnetter gave £10 would it pay for he boy's medical treatment.

It just seems so awful for a poor nine year old to be castrated, almost beheaded with a machete and then lose his home because of medical bills.

Notquitegrownup Wed 12-Oct-11 10:37:32

Here is how to email your MP drawing their attention to this issue and asking them to support any action which might put pressure on the Ugandan government to deal promptly and decisively with this matter which is on the increase and needs to be curtailed now.

nubbins Wed 12-Oct-11 10:43:21

on a practical note, you could also support organisations like the quicken trust and the kampala childrens centre who work to protect and educate children who have no one else to look after them. The destiny africa choir is touring in the UK and Belgium currently, go and see them if you can, they are amazing.

www.kampalachildren.com

www.quickentrust.com

Longtallsally Wed 12-Oct-11 10:45:08

Awful, truly awful. But so preventable.

I have just looked up the journalist, Chris Rogers, who seems to do some amazingly good work on issues around exploitation of children around the work. Assuming that he is still in touch with Alan's family, he would be a good point of contact. Anyone know how to get in touch with a TV journalist? (I am not on twittr/facebook but guess that he may be.)

Longtallsally Wed 12-Oct-11 10:48:15

Thank you nubbins. Have just looked up the destiny africa choir tour and they are coming to sing near us. Will definitely go and take the dcs too smile

vixsatis Wed 12-Oct-11 10:49:34

Signed. MNHQ is there any way of implementing reallytired's excellent idea?

Have emailed my MP. I saw the link on BBC earlier today and was just too head-in-the-sand to click, so thanks for giving me the push I needed.

mollymole Wed 12-Oct-11 10:53:18

have contacted my MP and asked her to bring this up in parliamentary question time, however, as both the government and the police in Uganda are so corrupt it is a very difficult situation (have Ugandan friends who have
moved to this country as they were afraid for their lives after questioning their own government officials)

Notquite: Thanks smile

Tianc Wed 12-Oct-11 11:02:28

This is a huge problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, look up "muti killings".

Friends of mine taught Segametsi Mogomotso, whose murder in 1994 was the straw that broke the camel's back and caused widespread riots in Botswana. Local police destroyed evidence and by the time the government called in Scotland Yard as external investigators there was nothing left to see.

Longtallsally Wed 12-Oct-11 11:10:37

MM -I used to be fairly involved with Amnesty and we were always pleasantly surprised by how even very corrupt governments can fear open and public disapproval, and will act when the spotlight is turned upon them.

I'm sure that Tianc is right and that this is a widespread problem but by focusing on one country at a time, and by keeping the spotlight on, I would hope that we can't make things worse and may just be able to help to make a difference.

caramelwaffle Wed 12-Oct-11 11:15:27

Bump

bemybebe Wed 12-Oct-11 11:21:03

"how even very corrupt governments can fear open and public disapproval, and will act when the spotlight is turned upon them."

Very true. Also a note that corruption level in a country is not down to poverty. Russia is a very rich country yet it is totally corrupt. But no government would be able to sit still if the public actively demands the change. As so it happens so often, the strength is in numbers...

Tianc Wed 12-Oct-11 11:22:26

Oh goodness yes, I don't mean to derail this – everything needs a starting place. It would be amazing if we could do something useful.

Notquitegrownup Wed 12-Oct-11 11:36:38

Have emailed MNHQ to see if we can get a sticky put on this to keep it at the top of Active Threads.

Really really like the idea of contacting this journalist, who may be interesting to have on for a MN webchat . . . .

Longtallsally Wed 12-Oct-11 12:13:09

Bump

madhairday Wed 12-Oct-11 12:52:02

So very shocking sad Have signed and posted on FB, if only more could be done sad

jetgirl Wed 12-Oct-11 13:49:43

Bump

norriscoleforpm Wed 12-Oct-11 13:59:39

I have signed it and put it on my fb page too. How can this be happening still? sad

JustCallMeMrsTeabag Wed 12-Oct-11 14:27:40

Have signed the Petition and added on my fb page to encourage others to read article and take positive action.

hmc Wed 12-Oct-11 19:45:17

Bumping this - have just read about it on facebook (am a 'friend' of World Vision) - so much for MN fashionable disdain for fb but that is another matter. Anyway have signed the Jubilee petition. It seems so little and impotent an action but it is something at least. If the signatory list becomes huge perhaps not only the President of Uganda but others will take heed (and take action)

Notquitegrownup Wed 12-Oct-11 20:13:22

Yes, the petition total is creeping up - 600 or so have signed today (mostly from the UK, though the US is starting to join in now.) It would be great if we could get another 400 tonight - 1000 a day for ten days would be a good target for the petition, I think . . . .

Solopower Wed 12-Oct-11 20:35:17

Signed. sad

Rainbow12 Wed 12-Oct-11 21:45:46

Bumping this - petition signed and MP emailed. This is truly horrific ...

jetgirl Wed 12-Oct-11 22:02:44

Bumping again.

This has really got to me and it is so important that we continue to raise awareness of this.

blackoutthesun Wed 12-Oct-11 22:02:57

bump again

hmc Wed 12-Oct-11 22:16:00

Bump - disappointed that it's taken some effort to keep this thread in active conversations

bushymcbush Wed 12-Oct-11 22:19:02

Signed.

jetgirl Wed 12-Oct-11 22:22:05

Me too hmc. I'm watching BBC news now and there's another truly shocking report on child trafficking from Uganda. How anyone could watch and not feel moved is beyond me.
I'm off to bed but will bump again when I'm up in the morning and when I get the opportunity at work tomorrow.

bushymcbush Wed 12-Oct-11 22:39:55

Bump

Blueberties Wed 12-Oct-11 22:48:51

I've signed it but not via mn. Well done.

hmc Wed 12-Oct-11 22:56:07

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jetgirl Thu 13-Oct-11 06:18:39

Bump

FearfulYank Thu 13-Oct-11 06:24:02

Oh God, that makes me feel so sick. I can't understand it. So heartbreaking and...I don't know any other words. Will sign immediately and post on facebook as well.

LetTheSlaughterBeGincognito Thu 13-Oct-11 06:29:13

Bump.

peggyblackett Thu 13-Oct-11 07:04:42

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Longtallsally Thu 13-Oct-11 09:54:55

Good morning Ladies. Disappointing that the BBC news didn't point people towards the petition, but hope that we can keep circulating this amongst our contacts and via facebook. (My dh pointed out that Liverpool fc have 6 million people following them on facebook, so if we could just tap into a group like that to publicise this issue and this petition . . . !)

The more people who read the report and who spread the word the better.
I'm surprised too that more Mnetters haven't responded. As a mum of boys the same age as those on the newsreports, it just tore me apart . . .

hmc Thu 13-Oct-11 10:36:20

Bump - come on mumsnetters!

Blueberties Thu 13-Oct-11 10:54:17

bump

hmc you are going to have to start a new thread with the title

"so I was shagging my gardener and then I thought I'd ..."

followed by

SIGN THIS PETITION AGAINST CHILD SACRIFICE NOW

hmc Thu 13-Oct-11 11:19:45

It's certainly tempting Blueberties!

TheTenantOfWildfellHall Thu 13-Oct-11 11:45:56

signed it.

ReadySteadyDrink Thu 13-Oct-11 12:17:39

Signed it.

cureall Thu 13-Oct-11 12:35:46

just signed thanks for highlighting ; disturbing and upsetting beyond words

lunaticow Thu 13-Oct-11 12:39:39

Signed

MeMySonAndI Thu 13-Oct-11 12:53:25

I have posted about this years ago. Nobody seemed interested... As a little personal protest, I don't support any charities that provide help to Uganda unless they seem to acknowledge children are killed by some of the poor that we may be aiding and are taking steps to alleviate the problem.

Blueberties Thu 13-Oct-11 12:58:12

unless they seem to acknowledge children are killed by some of the poor that we may be aiding and are taking steps to alleviate the problem.

Say more, memyson. Does that have bearing on this petition do you think? You seem to have a lot of background knowledge there.

Blueberties Thu 13-Oct-11 12:59:49

why isn't this in threds I'm on

Blueberties Thu 13-Oct-11 13:52:13

Bumpety bump. Unfortunately the other thread was deleted. Real, real shame.

Blueberties Thu 13-Oct-11 13:54:19

well maybe I spoke too soon

Rhubarb0oooo Thu 13-Oct-11 13:55:41

Sorry, being dumb but where on that link is the petition?

Blueberties Thu 13-Oct-11 13:56:02

I think it's the third or fourth post.

hmc Thu 13-Oct-11 13:58:03
Rhubarb0oooo Thu 13-Oct-11 14:03:27

Cheers.

I was hoping that there would be thread about this, having seen the BBC News for the last 2 nights. Horrific!

Signed the petition.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 13-Oct-11 14:38:35

yy MeMySonAndI, could you please elaborate?

Bamaluz Thu 13-Oct-11 15:06:20

Horrific, utterly beyond belief that this could be happening in this day and age.

Signed.

Bamaluz Thu 13-Oct-11 15:33:02

Bumping.

onagar Thu 13-Oct-11 15:36:42

Me, I'd take them out and shoot them, but maybe the lack of interest is because it is their religion. You are supposed to respect people's beliefs as just about anyone on MN will tell you.

Also it's a bit tricky for Christians & Jews since the bible supports child sacrifice/murder with god's approval.

SearchSquad Thu 13-Oct-11 15:50:42

Signing the petition.

Wish I could help in a more tangible way!

Bamaluz Thu 13-Oct-11 16:45:37

Bumping again.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 13-Oct-11 17:05:21

Another bump from me.

It's a real shame the AIBU thread was removed. Without wanting to get into a discussion on the rights and wrongs of its deletion, there's so much more traffic there.

2old2beamum Thu 13-Oct-11 17:13:09

done wish we could do more

greyghoul Thu 13-Oct-11 17:22:26

i have signed it.

Horrid.

madhairday Thu 13-Oct-11 17:28:33

bump

But really no need for that onagar, rubbish in any case hmm

BigFatSpider Thu 13-Oct-11 17:37:46

Thanks - have signed and put on FB. Will also write to MP - thanks for the links. Just horrific.

starsandstripes Thu 13-Oct-11 17:58:22

Bumping have signed and it is now on my facebook.

Blueberties Thu 13-Oct-11 18:22:17

bump

Bump- signed, could we ask MNHQ to sticky this for a few days?

Or start one of their infamous/ highly effective campaigns? I hear them quoted all over the shop these days!

hmc Thu 13-Oct-11 19:40:16

It's worth a go but Mn towers might not want to touch it now after pistols at dawn in AIBU...

Bamaluz Thu 13-Oct-11 20:40:32

Bumping for the evening crowd.

Oooh 'eck have I missed a hissy fit session (again?)

Bump & off to chat to MNHQ.....of course they're busy with all the Miscarriage campaign so may want to focus on that just for the moment.

FearfulYank Fri 14-Oct-11 04:41:42

Onagar, not helpful right now.

Ok, so. What can we do besides the petition? I put it on FB and have gotten some people to sign.

Alan, the little boy that survived, is there anyway we can arrange medical help for him? I know that there are organizations that do this. What are they and who do I need to start pestering making inquiries to?

FearfulYank Fri 14-Oct-11 05:18:45

Apparently there's an organization that's helping him already? I emailed everyone on their contact list for more information.

Blueberties Fri 14-Oct-11 08:43:42

bump

alexpolismum Fri 14-Oct-11 09:44:25

have just signed, although I admit I am sceptical as to whether it will do very much. So many petitions I have signed seem to have little effect. sad

FearfulYank Fri 14-Oct-11 16:03:50

Someone from the organization caring for Allan (the survivor) wrote me back last night. I'm going to do some checking to see if it's legit and then try to help him. Apparently someone from my state was there last month helping to build his family a home; I'm going to see if I can contact her and get some information.

I feel the same sometimes Alex but I think raising awareness is really helpful.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Fri 14-Oct-11 16:51:06

Thanks for telling us, Yank smile

FearfulYank Fri 14-Oct-11 19:11:47

The article was reposted on this website today. They're the ones caring for Allan and are in Uganda.

I haven't heard about this in the US at all; I wonder if our papers are covering it. If not, maybe writing to them would help.

FearfulYank Fri 14-Oct-11 19:13:43

Oh...they're the ones in the article already. blush

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Fri 14-Oct-11 19:29:46

No need for the blush Yank smile

(And another BUMP for this thread)

hmc Fri 14-Oct-11 23:10:19

Well done yank -please keep us posted on what you find out

Longtallsally Sat 15-Oct-11 13:02:38

I think that we all feel like Alex sometimes. If we just sign the petition it may or may not make a difference. I guess that one in a hundred who sign will also want to do something more . . .

I think a campaign like this helps to raise awareness, to encourage those who are already working in the field, and to draw in the occasional extra supporter too - and it may just be that the petition itself puts pressure on someone. Even if it just saves one life, then it would all be worth it.

hmc Sun 16-Oct-11 15:07:22

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FearfulYank Sun 16-Oct-11 15:08:32

Bumpity bump!

Notquitegrownup Tue 18-Oct-11 10:54:00

Delighted to see in the news that 140,000 people have signed an online petition calling for full disclosure from the government on the Hillsborough disaster, and that the govt is responding this week.

Sad that we have only managed to rouse 2,500 mums to sign an online petition calling for pressure on the Ugandan government to clamp down on child sacrifice in its country. Really thought that MN would be touched by, and want to act on this issue sad

FearfulYank Tue 18-Oct-11 13:19:37

I put it on my facebook too and got some signatures but not as many as I'd hoped. sad

I think it seems unreal to so many people, or something. It's just too terrible, too brutal.

I emailed someone who was there recently (from America) and am waiting to hear back so I can see which organizations really seem to be helping so I can try to donate, etc. I don't really know what else to do.

Suggestions? These poor little ones, I just can't stand it. sad

FearfulYank Tue 18-Oct-11 21:10:42

Ok, I heard back from the woman who was just there! (She's from my state and I found her over FB)

"Hello! Yes that is me! So cool that you messaged me!! I can send you a petition to sign about child sacrifice and also a BBC video that recently was aired about child sacrifice...the boy in the video was actually one that our team had the opportunity to build a house for while we were in Uganada! I will also ask the head of the ministry we went through and see if there is anything you could do! thanks so much for messaging me, its encouraging to hear from people who care about whats going on in Africa! "

And then she linked the petitions we've signed. So. Not sure what else to do but as least it sounds like the ministry is legitimate, so I'll feel comfortable sending donations.

Also I'm going to try to get more signatures.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 19-Oct-11 11:01:12

Thant's good to know, thank you Yank smile

hmc Fri 21-Oct-11 14:04:29

Only 4 or 5 of my fb friends signed too sad

hmc Fri 21-Oct-11 14:07:59

I asked World Vision on facebook what they were doing about child sacrifice and they posted the following on their page, if anyone is interested:

Children are trafficked in to the UK from many different countries across the world, for reasons including sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage and benefit fraud.

World Vision is working in many countries, including Uganda, to help stop child trafficking and to make children and their parents aware of the dangers.

Thanks for asking about the work we do in Uganda to tackle trafficking and child sacrifice. Here are some examples:

• Setting up a Child Friendly Shelter and counselling centre at a town on the Ugandan / Kenyan border, which is known for its cross-border trade, child trafficking and child prostitution. Previously, abandoned children or those in need of protection would sleep at the local police station. World Vision is also training local police to deal more sensitively with child abuse cases.
• World Vision Uganda has set up Child Parliaments, where young people teach their peers about child protection issues, including child sacrifice, and ensure that communities know the most effective way to report incidents of witchcraft to the police.
• Lobbying the Government of Uganda to amend the Witchcraft Act (1957) in order to better deal with the issue of child sacrifice.
• Making children and their families aware of the potential dangers is a vital part of our work - empowering communities to protect themselves. World Vision Uganda has been displaying posters about child sacrifice throughout communities, handing out stickers and talking about the dangers on local radio stations.
• One of the British government's development policy priorities is to help developing countries stimulate their economies and private sectors - known as wealth building. While World Vision welcomes this, sadly there is a risk that some forms of child abuse increase as wealth increases. Therefore, World Vision UK is calling on our government to make sure it helps countries put strong child protection structures in place too.
• You CAN make a difference and writing to your MP is a great place to start. Ask your MP to:
1. get the UK Government to support the strengthening of structures and services that support children in the world's toughest places through its foreign policies and activities.
2. enlist a child rights expert on their Human Rights Advisory Panel who can advise the government on how it can best support the rights of the poorest children in the world's toughest places.
3. call on the UK Government to introduce a system of guardianship for child victims of trafficking in the UK. Child victims of trafficking need the support of an independent and dedicated guardian over the long term who can ensure that they receive the educational, medical, practical and legal support they need to help rebuild their lives and don't fall once again into the hands of traffickers.
If you do get in touch with your MP, please let us know - we love to keep up to date with – and follow up on - what our supporters are doing.
• World Vision UK works with partner organisations in order to make us all stronger in the fight against child trafficking. You can find out more about some of the work that is being done to help trafficking victims who are brought in to the UK at www.ecpat.org.uk

FearfulYank Fri 21-Oct-11 15:47:52

I started a thread in AIBU but got nowhere.

hmc Fri 21-Oct-11 16:40:27

I started one in AIBU a while ago, it caused a proper bun fight (I was provocative) and it got pulled!

FearfulYank Fri 21-Oct-11 16:57:44

Maybe that's why my only reply said "here we go again" !

grin I had no idea what they were talking about!

Lunabelly Fri 21-Oct-11 20:10:33

Signed.

I have been seething about this evil since 'Adam' was pulled from the Thames 10 years ago. Seething even more about the wall of silence and corruption that surrounds all this.

FearfulYank Fri 21-Oct-11 21:26:45

Luna I'd never heard of "Adam"....how unbearably sad.

hmc Fri 21-Oct-11 22:37:34
FearfulYank Sat 22-Oct-11 00:38:40

Yup, that's the one. Jerks!

Some of my facebook friends signed too, but not as many as I'd hoped.

The woman I'd got in touch with who was there and working on the house for little Allan made me feel a bit better though. People really do care and are there working and trying to keep the little ones safe. Some of her pictures were awful though...nothing to eat for their lunch at school besides, basically, a sort of flour and water soup. sad Right then. <goes off to make donation>

TruthSweet Mon 24-Oct-11 01:40:01

I've signed. I can't believe that more is being done either on MN or by the general public/Government to stop this.

FearfulYank Mon 24-Oct-11 03:30:30

Thank you! Bump, bump, bump!

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Mon 24-Oct-11 20:48:41

Time for a berrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrummmpppppppp smile

JubileeCampaign Wed 26-Oct-11 22:22:27

Hi Mumsnet mums,

We at Jubilee Campaign (and there aren't many of us) have been greatly encouraged by all of your interest and concern. We really need your support to keep the issue alive and to bring real change in Uganda; so thank you for your existing efforts – and we hope you can help us a little more!

We have posted the original BBC News video on our site now here for those of you who didn't get a chance to see it first time around. Watch the undercover BBC News investigation with Jubilee Campaign

We have read every message on this thread and wanted to answer each point specifically but first some background information on us. Jubilee Campaign launched this campaign to end child sacrifice in Uganda working with a local charity, Kyampisi Childcare Ministries in Uganda, and got Chris Rogers and the BBC involved to give greater exposure to this gruesome crime; we published a major report on the issue, probably the first of its kind, and this is available free from our website. Jubilee Campaign is based in the UK. We have run many effective campaigns for children at risk worldwide using these three elements: a. lobbying b. charitable action c. raising awareness & mobilising support from church & community groups. We worked with the same reporter (Chris Rogers) on another issue (children in adult prisons in the Philippines) and the story was covered by ITV News and CNN, plus several global print media outlets; we organised special hearings in the US Congress etc and eventually the law was changed in the Philippines. You can read the story here - Kids Behind Bars

To answer some specific points from this thread;

a. @Notquitegrownup Wed 12-Oct-11 09:29:42 The BBC weren’t able to explain that the main purpose of our campaign was to seek a change in the law; at the moment there is no law to deal with the issue of child/human sacrifice; we are also raising funds to help the survivors, like Allan, the boy featured in the film. Of course, the police should be better resourced, but that is an issue for the Ugandan authorities. At the moment, if a citizen seeking help calls for the Task Force dealing with human sacrifice the family will have to pay for the petrol for the police vehicle.

b. @nokissymum Wed 12-Oct-11 09:56:24 Peter Sewakiryanga is the Ugandan ‘pastor’ featured in the film; he is our partner. We are organising things for him outside of Uganda. Peter cares for Allan [the young boy featured in the BBC film] and other child survivors of sacrifice; you can read more about them in the report. We are raising funds to help with building a house for Allan, and to provide for his medical, educational and practical needs; also to help his father re-establish his business.

c. @reallytired Wed 12-Oct-11 10:35:27 You are right – if everyone contributed a small amount of money, the impact would be phenomenal. We are compiling Allan’s medical file and considering the best option for his treatment; we have already identified possibilities in South Africa and India; we are also exploring options for him to be treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Of course, the first step is to establish a strong financial base. We wondered about the possibility of harnessing the fantastic power of MumsNet, ane the best way to involve people. How could we make this one of the featured ‘campaigns’?

d. @Longtallsally Wed 12-Oct-11 10:45:08 As mentioned, Chris Rogers is a close associate of ours with whom we have worked before on a major story that – combined with campaigning from ordinary people and lobbying – we saw the law changed [in the Philippines]. We sent this story to Chris and working intensely with him throughout the process, and set up the entire investigation for him in Uganda to enable him to go undercover and investigate this issue.

e. @Longtallsally Thu 13-Oct-11 09:54:55 Yes we were also disappointed that the BBC didn’t clearly explain that we have launched a campaign to change the law – we were told that they couldn’t do that, a great pity since we gave the BBC a major story. We are grateful to the BBC for exposing this great crime but it would have been helpful if people realised just where the story came from with a clear direction to our website explaining our key role in this process – and that our objective was to help the child survivors of this truly shocking crime. That is why we really need the help of friends from MumsNet and would be so grateful for anything you can do to spread the word.

To be clear, our campaign is focussed on three things:

1. Raising awareness; download the report here - available free on our website
2. Sign the petition and get others to do the same; spread the news via Facebook etc..
3. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter
4. Send us a donation for Allan and children like him; all designated donations for this project will be used fully for the survivors without any deductions being made.

We’d love to develop a partnership with MumsNet so let us know any ideas anyone may have about taking this forward. Please let us know if there are any other specific questions that we can answer - you can all contact Danny Smith our founder directly at danny<at>jubileecampaign.co.uk

Incidentally the traffic from this thread to our website is second only to Facebook!

Many thanks to you all.

David Dorey
Jubilee Campaign.

FearfulYank Wed 26-Oct-11 22:27:19

Thank you for your reply!

When I tried to donate the website wouldn't take my Visa card but I will try again.

This is so terrible, thank you so much for your work on behalf of those children.

Notquitegrownup Sat 19-Nov-11 08:26:05

Just came back to this thread and saw your reply David. Thank you for getting back to us. Not sure how we can keep this issue live on MN, but haven't forgotten about it. Well done on getting to Chris Rogers and onto the ten o'clock news - there are a lot of important issues which don't make it that far!

I logged onto see if I could find who recommended the Destiny Africa tour, to say thank you. I took ds1 to see them last night - absolutely phenomenal. If anyone is in the Liverpool or N Yorkshire area, they are coming your way - a children's choir made up of rescued street children from Kampala - and an amazing performance. They are raising funds for this home which seems pretty amazing, and which, whilst not entirely related to the original topic here, are at least providing protection for 1000 vulnerable children in Uganda . . . .

iggly2 Sun 20-Nov-11 00:30:50

Bump.

Sorry can't think of much after reading the BBC report. Please keep this issue alive. Please read "JubileeCampaign" post.

CheerfulYank Sun 20-Nov-11 00:43:49

Keep on bumpin' , maybe somebody will see and sign/donate.

CheerfulYank Wed 08-Feb-12 00:12:16

Hey! I'm resurrecting this thread because I just got an email from one of the men who works at the ministry:

Dear (Cheerful),
I write in reference to the email you sent on the 14th of November inquiring about how to help Allan and the other victims and families of Child sacrifice.The apeal we have at the moment is for Mukisa George. He is a gorgeous little man that survived a horrific attempt at child sacrifice when he was just 4 years old.

Now a big boy of 6, he is living with the terrible injuries he received (complete castration of all his outer male organs) and needs reconstructive surgery as soon as possible. He lives with a catheter for urination (he is completely incontinent of urine otherwise), but continues to get infections and his grandmother (who he lives with) is not able to manage his condition. An amazing blessing though! A paediatric urologist has agreed to do the surgeries (most likely a series of 3) free of charge at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. We now need to get him to Australia along with his guardian. Please pray that we can fundraise enough to cover the costs of 2 return flights, Mukisa's hospital accommodation (this hasn't been donated), any medications he may need, and miscellaneous expenses during their time in Australia.

We are in the process of getting his visa approved, and are hoping that he will make it to Australia at the end of February this year. This boy’s life is a complete miracle, and we know he has an amazing future ahead of him! He is vibrant and alive and a joy to be around – even despite the horrific events that he has endured, and sadly remembers. Please keep him and the planning in your thoughts and prayers – and spread the word! He needs our help for him to receive this treatment in Australia. This truly is one way we can save a life.

We are raising about 20,000 dollars for all this trip and mission.I can send you pictures of George and also pictures of his injuries on request as they are disturbing onr. -Peter

I've emailed back and asked if there is a fund specifically for George or if I should just donate to the ministry directly. Please, please, please think about donating as well. That poor little boy, I can't stand it. sad

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CheerfulYank Wed 08-Feb-12 00:29:19

I know, it makes me physically ill. I am really glad to be in touch with this man though, we can make a difference in at least this little boy's life!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CheerfulYank Wed 08-Feb-12 04:48:02

Oh that's so great Annie! I hope everyone does the same.

CheerfulYank Wed 08-Feb-12 04:49:17

I keep looking at the email I got, the part that says "4 years old." It keeps running through my head. My boy is 4 years old. If...well, I'm not going to get into "if".

This cannot be allowed to go on.

sleeplessinsuburbia Wed 08-Feb-12 05:15:47

Can someone please start a new thread and post the replies with where to donate at the top so people won't have to look through the whole thread? I was about to give up by page 5! Thank you for highlighting this cause.

GreyTS Wed 08-Feb-12 10:14:55

Missed this first time around, just tragic. Have signed and sent to everyone I know

CheerfulYank Thu 09-Feb-12 03:29:18

NEW THREAD here! Please head over and bump it up!

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