In 2008, the Ugandan government confirmed that human sacrifice is on the increase, and according to the head of the country’s Anti-Human Sacrifice Task-force, the crime is directly linked to rising levels of development and prosperity, and an increasing belief that witchcraft can help people get rich quickly!
In some parts of the county, residents flee their homes, and abandon their farms and small businesses. Many children have been found killed or missing body parts, and young ”boda-boda” (male motorcyclists) have been slaughtered, leaving their widows and families grieving and without income.
In one of the villages, a former witch-doctor confessed for the first time to having murdered several people including his own son. He had clients who regularly captured children and brought their blood and body parts to be consumed by spirits in a secret shrine.
CACI works within local systems of power to prevent conflict and to negotiate peaceful conflict resolution. CACI has convened regular meetings with village elders and local chairmen to discuss priority needs, provide education about development topics, and to identify solutions to areas of potential tension among them. These meetings have been taking place since 2008, and the groups have grown in number involved and in their commitment to working together for the betterment of their communities.
This local knowledge is vital for all of CACI’s programming, but it is particularly crucial for peace building.
Our country director – Moses Nganda is a local government personnel serving on the district level; using this platform, he has been able to mobilize and deepen many of CACI’s peace-building efforts, and has earned a reputation as a skilled mediator for conflicts.