Uganda speaker, brings awareness, sparks reaction among students

By Diana Vilares
November 1, 2007

Carolyn Davis’ presentation on the war in Uganda left me nauseous.

Davis visited Cabrini to talk about the war in Uganda and how the people are being terrorized in their very own homes and are absolutely hopeless due to very little help from their government. Their homes are burnt down, their children forcefully recruited as child soldiers, young girls rapped and then sometimes rejected by their families through no fault of their own.

The idea of a child walking around with a 20mm breaks my heart. It makes me angry. A child is expected to run around playing soccer, rough around outside, not find an adrenaline rush in taking a person’s life.

To take away a child’s innocence is equally as appalling as shooting them dead. Davis talked about how the country is struggling to keep its head above water while peace talks continue and its civilians try to return back to their normal lives but it’s difficult to travel to hell and back and still wake-up in the morning with the same goals and aspirations.

I wonder how these children will grow up after they are taken out of their drunken state of havoc. Will their families, those who still have them, accept them or dismiss them?

Everyone always talks about “unconditional love” but not everyone is often tested with situations like these. Would you blame the families for being apprehensive about their children? I’m not sure how I would deal with it. I don’t think I could.

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