Here is a letter we received from the Moderator of Holy Trinity Community about the need for awareness and help for the refugees in Uganda. Holy cross Funerals has helped by providing sponsorship for these retreats and would like to raise awareness and further help and sponsorship for such a worthy cause. Here is one letter;
Refugees in Uganda
At the beginning of 2014, I was requested to go to Kampala to find a group of six refugee children, five girls and one boy. All of them had experienced untold trauma, which to this day makes ask how human beings can become so hostile to each other. I found them through a telephone contact given to me through an email from a refugee in Australia. They were living in one room, on one mattress in a slum in Kampala, as if the Lord was leading me to discover the plight of refugees!!! Up until then I only thought about the world level discussions about refugees in Australia and Italy. A few days later while sat at the Childcare centre a Pentecostal Danish pastor talked to me and asked me if I knew anything about the Sangobay refugee camp, and I knew nothing, but left me a challenge in a statement he said, “If we Christians, cannot help our brothers and sisters in the refugee camp – then our Christianity is nothing”. I immediately followed through to go and visit and see; Jesus said “come and see”. I saw and still to me – the worst human disaster experience of my life, I came back home and could hardly sleep, a week later we emptied our suit cases of cloths and got whatever we could get in terms of food and took it to the camp. We started with a message of hope and prayer because as Pope Benedict has said in Charity in Truth, “if you give aid/charity and don’t give God, you have given too little” and after we distributed food and cloths – then we saw fighting breaking out – as there was too little. Ever since my community, the Holy Trinity Community and NET Ministries – we have organized faith experience events to encourage the people there with the message of the gospel, but as on one event – one leader in the camp told us before a tent packed with about 300 people, “it is true we need God, but after feeding our souls – we have hope but our stomachs and bodies have real hunger for food”.
The Sango Bay refugee camp 74km from Masaka town, in the south-west of Uganda has the biggest number of refugees in the country from Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan a northern Tanzania. There are up to 5500 refugees from war torn neighbouring countries but also those whose great grandparents migrated in the 1960s to Tanzania but were expelled in a two weeks ultimatum from Tanzania. They have nothing they call their own apart from clothes and for children, hardly washed clothes. They live in the worst human condition I have witnessed, and mind you living in Africa, I have witnessed a lot. They are provided with 3kg of maize flour for a family for a month. Diseases of all kinds from HIV to malaria and diarrhea are so rampart.