Human rights call

Amina608
Posted January 19, 2021

Hello community members , hope your all doing well . well I am sharing with you a trying moment I went through , which was the 18th of November . There was an abrupt strike in kampala , uganda . I was in town trying to make ends meet as usual selling out my jewellery , everything changed as the opposition had claims that their leader was captured , guns were shot anyhow along with tear gas , most were running for their safety , I was among those who was running for safety , all I wanted was to reach my children because I leave them behind on their own while I look for food . In the process I came along a group of "people power" as they were chanting , with what was going on I did not realise anything about the way I was dressed , to my surprise someone pulled my yellow scarf and teared it right away , claiming that we are the supporters of NRM ( which is the government ) as I was still puzzled one pushed me so hard with his shoulder to the ground , I fail on my chest and I was so scared , imaging how a mere woman is treated with so much hate , just because of a mere color which symbolizes a party . I tried to explain with fear that I was not a supporter it was just a scarf , one rushed to kick me claiming that its we who are making the president stay , that we do not want change , claiming that they are ready to die with us ( the NRM supporters ) , one of a grown up old man saved me , by claiming that he knows me and I am a supporter of people power , that's how I was saved and I was  warned to stop putting on yellow . I was coughing blood after two days , I went to the hospital I was prescribed medicine which I finished and went back because of the ongoing pain , I was sent for further investigation which I am trying to save up for , but the pain still exists especially when I deep breath , cough or sneeze I can not carry anything of weight . Just imagine what I went through , I am a refugee with a refugee status and I am not allowed to vote , but could I explain all that in the fix I was in ? I am kindly calling upon human rights to look into my situation , I have children who need me in a healthy state , I am the only family member available to my children , they are still young and fully need me by there side , imagine my baby is 1and a half year only , I keep on asking my self , supposing anything happened to me that day , or if I was among the dead ones ? Because a lot of people lost their lives , what would happen to my children ? My fellow women , you can all imagine what I am going through , I ask for your help to raise my voice for refugee protection , for the sake of my children welfare . Human rights I sincerely call for your office help , reach me the help while you can . Thank you , Amina Shaban .

This story was submitted in response to Human Rights for All.

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Nini Mappo
Jan 20
Jan 20

Dear Amina,
I am so sorry to hear of your terrifying ordeal. I am sorry that you were hurt and the attack has left you with long-term health issues that you have not had answers for. I feel your pain as a mum fighting for her children to have a fair chance at life. I feel your frustration at the lack of justice, peace, security, and financial freedom. I am not in human rights or know anyone I could forward this message to to try and accelerate it to those who may be able to help. But I wanted to tell you that I hear you, I see you, and I stand with you.

On your persistent chest problem arising from the attack, would doing an xray help?
Sending hugs and prayers.

Amina608
Jan 22
Jan 22

I greatly thank you Nini , for hearing , seeing and standing with me , I know if you had the ability you would surely help me . And I am greatful for those nice words , they mean a lot to me in this situation , May the Almighty God bless you 1000* my sister .

Helllo, dear Amina,

How are you doing now?

Oh, my, I'm so shocked at what happened to you. You didn't deserve to be treated that way. You are right, you couldn't explain that you are a refugee in a split second. We have World Pulse sisters who are living in Uganda. Do you know anyone of them? They could probably help. Please keep yourself safe.

Amina608
Jan 22
Jan 22

I extend my gratitude to you dear Karen , I don't have any idea about the world pulse sisters living in uganda , otherwise I would love to get in touch with them.

You're welcome, dear. :)

rebecca.tang
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thank you for sharing. It is really sad to hear what has happened to you.
Wish you and your children are safe and healthy! Take care!
May Almighty God bless you and your family!

Amina608
Jan 22
Jan 22

Thanks a lot Rebecca , May God bless you.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 23
Jan 23

Dear Amina,
What a terrifying experience the must have been pushed to the ground and to have to run for your life, now dealing with injuries and your feeling of loss of security in your home, your life in Uganda, shaken. I had heard from other World Pulse sisters in your country that there was fear of violence, and for a time the news was cut off to the rest of the world. I'm glad that you wrote and that you are there with your children. I hope you find the support to challenge this violence, to have the recognition, support and justice that you should be getting. Sending love.

ESEZA MUKYALA
Jan 26
Jan 26

Dear sister,
I have nothing to say but plz private message me or reach me out. Am sure I can help seriously dear. Sister Karen just shared this story with me.

Beth Lacey
Jan 27
Jan 27

It must have been terrifying for you. I hope you and your children are safe.