“We ate our friend to death” said a 16 year old Ugandan girl
I couldn’t believe my ears, as I lay on my bed. That Wednesday afternoon I wasn’t feeling too well. I have a tendency of listening to my radio which I normally put beneath my bed, so that am not disturbed by the noise in the house.I enjoy listening to BBC, Christian voice, sky fm, phoenix and radio 4.
The room was a little bit dark and very hot; it was as if air was not entering through the ventilations. As I tuned the radio this time not to my most favorite station but to radio 2fm, I heard a voice of the girl been interviewed by a man who sounded like one of BBC correspondent. The girl spoke through an interpreter.
The girl was abducted in the northern part of Uganda. She and several other girls were abducted by the rebels and were exposed to different traumatizing scenarios. It was during this period that Anna was told together with other children to eat their friend alive until she dead. In another instance, when one of the girls tried to escape Anna was summoned to kill the girl. when Anna hesitated she was told that they would tell the same girl to kill her instead. So since she wanted to live, she had no choice but to kill the girl and sucked the blood according to the instructions. She also narrated how she was forced to have sex with the commander and how she was threatens if she refused. She had no choice but to do as she was told.
That Wednesday was yesterday the 30th of September. I was shocked to learn how young girls are exposed to such a life for things they don’t and will never comprehend. Young girls and women remain to be the victims of war. They continue to be abducted, abused, killed because they are seen as weak vessels. I wonder why the people who are involved in the abductions, wars can not kill themselves and leave the innocent women and children alone. If I had the opportunity to know the producer of the documentary or their wed site I would have shared it.
My heart pains and I just wish I could help the little Anna who according to the documentary was reunited with her family. But her experiences still hunt her and she lives in fear of being killed if found.