The Day My 6-Year-Old Sister Was Beheaded in Uganda

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(WOMENSENEWS)—On March 16, 2014, my 6-year-old sister Tracy was beheaded. At around 7:20 p.m. my elder sister Jesca sent Tracy to the market to buy cooking oil and tomatoes for dinner. The market was 2 kilometers (about 1.2 miles) from the house. When it 8:20 p.m. and Tracy hadn’t returned, Jesca went looking for her. First she went to my brother’s shop, where Tracy was supposed to do the shopping. He told her that Tracy left about an hour ago. Their hearts skipped a beat. They were responsible for watching us while my parents were at church services 120 kilometers (75 miles) away and now one of us were missing.

Together they called my three other brothers and two sisters to find out whether they saw Tracy on their way back from the borehole that was next to the market. But none of them saw Tracy. My brother and sister came back to the village to see if anyone had seen our little sister. But no one saw her and she was nowhere to be found.

Soon my brother and sister saw three people sitting on a porch of a house. Near them was a bag of weapons, including a machete and knives covered in blood. They did not want to be another victim of these people so they ran back to the village to let everyone know what they saw. We all felt so much pain in our hearts. Three days later, the men were caught by six of our friends. The men told the police where our sister’s body was. They were sentenced to four years in prison after they were found to have beheaded my sister.

To people in other places it may seem bizarre to send a small girl out at night to run an errand. However, in my community this is normal. We must do a better job of protecting our children and keeping them safe. We must stop sending them alone to far places alone.

  • Roch Yang

    Nice religion, huh?

    • therealcie

      What a callous comment. Where did she mention anything about religion? She said that her sister was murdered, and this is what you tell her? Have some respect.

      • Roch Yang

        Moslems did it. Nice religion those Mossies have, right?

        • Pierre Vincent

          Christian Nazis killed millions. Christian Brits enslaved, exploited and killed hundreds of millions. Nice religion those chrissies have, right?

          • Roch Yang

            Number one, I see that you’re historically ignorant. Nazis were not Christians even if they’d been baptised as such.

            Numero deux, Pierre, Christian Brits did not enslave, expolit, and kill hundreds of millions of anything, you ignorant Franco-Canadien. The wars the West has been involved in since the 1600s, let alone just the Brits, have not had even a total fatality number approaching ten millions. Go back to ecole secondaire and open a history book, or go to your public library in Mascouche or Laval or Moncton or Cap aux Meules or Grrande Entree or Saint Pierre Miquelon.

            You seem like a coward. Are you also a homosexual or bi-sexual?

    • N. Gladstein

      This happened in Uganda…
      About four-fifths of the population is Christian, primarily divided between Roman Catholics and Protestants (mostly Anglicans). Other Christian denominations include the Seventh-day Adventists, Baptists, Greek Orthodoxy, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and Presbyterians. About one-tenth of the population is Muslim, and, of the remainder, most practice traditional religions. As in other parts of Africa, Islam and Christianity have been combined with indigenous religions to form various syncretic religious trends.
      Furthermore…
      During the 1990s and continuing into the 2000s, Uganda was faced with an increase in rebel activity, particularly from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony. Established in the late 1980s, the LRA abducted tens of thousands of children to serve as slaves or soldiers in its fight against Museveni’s government. Its vicious attacks on civilians in the northern part of the country—including rape, murder, and acts of mutilation, such as cutting off the ears, noses, lips, and limbs of their victims—terrorized and displaced more than one million Ugandans, creating a humanitarian crisis.

      Basically what I’m saying is you are a know-nothing A-hole. She never once mentioned motive or identity of the perpetrators. They are more likely to NOT be Muslim actually, though I won’t speculate ignorantly on what faith, if any, the practice.
      You, on the other hand, can take your assumptions & shove them up your ads. Cheers!

  • therealcie

    I am very sorry for your loss. This is horrifying.