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Archbishop Orombi condemns bomb carnage in Kampala

14 July 2010

by Ed Beavan

THE Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Revd Henry Orombi, has spoken of his “great shock” and a “spirit of gloom and doom over the city of Kampala”, after two terrorist bomb-blasts killed more than 70 people on Sunday.

The bombs went off at the Kyandondo Rugby Club and the Ethiopian Village restaurant in Kabalagala, as people were watching the World Cup final.

Archbishop Orombi described the attacks as “completely ungodly, es­pecially towards innocent and un­sus­pecting persons”, and con­demned them “in the strongest terms possible”.

He urged Ugandans to “desist from anger and revenge” as a solution, and to “try and be a good neighbour” to Somalia.

The Somalian Islamic terrorist group al-Shabab has said it was responsible for the two blasts.

The BBC reported that Marie Smith, aged 51, a lay missionary from Dublin, who had worked in Africa for more than 30 years, was killed in one of the bombings.

It also said that Nate Henn, of the American charity Invisible Children, which works with child soldiers, was killed in the rugby-club blast.

Ecumenical News International has reported that several Christian workers from the US were injured in the attacks.

Clubs protect children. The Angli­can Church of Southern Africa has said that holiday clubs it hosted during the recent World Cup may have protected children from the threat of human trafficking during the tournament.

About 5000 children took part in the clubs organised by the Church’s social development programme HOPE Africa, in conjunction with Scripture Union and The Ultimate Goal charity. Young people were able to take part in life-skills sessions

and watch World Cup games live

on television screens, in an attempt to stop children from travelling

to the football stadiums in the


The Anglican Church of Southern Africa will continue to work with other churches in the country to combat child trafficking and raise awareness on the issue.

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