Survivors of a brutal attack on a school in Kasese district, western Uganda, have narrated their horrific ordeal on the night of the raid.
The attack, which occurred on Friday, June 16 left 41 persons dead, and several others injured.
Attackers Stormed the School at Night and Started Shooting
The attackers, who were armed with guns and machetes, stormed the school at around 10 pm when most of the students and teachers were asleep. They started shooting indiscriminately and hacking some of the victims with machetes. Some of the survivors said they heard the attackers speaking in a foreign language and accusing them of being infidels.
One of the survivors, a 14-year-old girl, said she was sleeping in her dormitory when she heard gunshots and screams. She said she hid under her bed and prayed for her life. She said she saw some of her classmates being killed or injured by the attackers. She said she managed to escape through a window and ran to a nearby village for help.
Another survivor, a 12-year-old boy, said he was also sleeping in his dormitory when the attack happened. He said he woke up to see blood and bodies everywhere. He said he ran out of the dormitory and hid in a nearby bush. He said he saw some of the attackers chasing and shooting at some of his friends. He said he stayed in the bush until morning, when he was rescued by the security forces.
Motive of the Attack Remains Unknown
The motive of the attack remains unknown, as no group has claimed responsibility for it. The Ugandan authorities have launched an investigation into the incident and arrested some suspects. They have also deployed more security forces in the area to prevent further attacks.
The school, which is run by a Christian charity called Africa Inland Mission (AIM), has been providing education and shelter to orphaned and vulnerable children in Kasese district since 2015. The district has been affected by conflicts between different ethnic groups and rebel groups over land and resources.
The survivors of the attack have been traumatized by their experience and are receiving counseling and medical care. They have also expressed their determination to continue their education and pursue their dreams.