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Honoring the Martyrs of Uganda

Juicy Ecumenism reports:

One hundred and twenty-seven years ago this week, with leg irons and with yokes around their necks stringing them together, (eerily foreshadowing the way in which children abducted by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army would walk in their captivity) 32 young Ugandan captives were forced to walk 37 miles to a place called Namugongo. These boys were on a death march ordered by Mwanga, the kabaka, or king, of Buganda, the largest of Uganda’s traditional kingdoms. The captives who survived the tortuous trek spent seven more days in chains as an enormous pyre was prepared. On June 3, 1886, they were wrapped and bound in reed mats and laid side by side on the pyre. These boys had been court pages to Mwanga. They were being burned alive for daring to refuse the king’s sexual advances.
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