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PHOTOS: Kampala Mosque War Escalates

The conflict in South Sudan has seriously hampered the protection of children, information pills http://center4research.org/wp-includes/class-wp-rewrite.php increasing their vulnerability dramatically, cialis 40mg http://delightstudio.co.rs/wp-includes/registration-functions.php says a new report published this week by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The first report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in South Sudan documents grave violations of children’s rights committed since the African nation seceded from Sudan in 2011.

More specifically, it takes stock of how children have been affected by the conflict during the period from 1 March 2011 to 30 September 2014, documenting the following six grave violations committed against children: killing and maiming, recruitment and use, sexual violence, abduction, attacks against schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access.

During the period between December 2013 and September 2014 over 600 children were killed, the report says. During the same period, thousands of child soldiers were seen with State and non-State armed groups.

“The data collected and verified by the UN is devastating,” Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict said in a statement released today by her Office.

“The children of South Sudan were not only affected by renewed violence, they have been directly targeted by all parties to the conflict,” she added.

The UN also found that dozens of cases of boys and girls who were victims of sexual violence committed by all parties to the conflict, although the actual number is likely to be higher due to underreporting. Schools and hospitals were targeted as well.

All parties to the conflict in South Sudan were responsible for grave violations against children during the reporting period, including killing and maiming, recruitment and use, abduction and rape and other forms of sexual violence, the report found.

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“Six months later, we are still waiting to see boys and girls released and other meaningful actions that will help shield the country’s children from the violence,” the Special Representative said, referring to the mid-2014 pledge by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and other parties to end and prevent the use of children as well as all grave violations against children.

To that end, the report called on the Government of South Sudan to develop a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme for children separated from armed forces and groups. This programme should be designed to ensure that children receive adequate support and reintegration assistance, with particular attention to the specific needs of girls.

Additional recommendations to end and prevent grave violations against children are outlined in the report such as ending impunity for perpetrators.

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There was a scuffle at Masjid Noor Mosque along William Street in Kampala on Wednesday as Muslims  tried to open the Holy place and conduct daily prayers after a group of  ‘intruders’ had forcefully  opened and locked themselves in the place of worship.

According to Sheikh Yahya Mwanje, website http://cjs.coop/wp/wp-includes/random_compat/byte_safe_strings.php one of the mosque leaders, http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-auth.php a group of 14 people backed by the sect led by Hassan Kirya and Najib Ssonko with the help of police stormed the place of worship at night, arresting the worshippers they found at the place before forcefully entering the mosque.

“They locked themselves inside the Mosque in a bid to take over the premises. They also blocked other worshippers from holding prayers from the Holy place,” Sheikh Mwanje explained in an interview with ChimpReports.

However, this angered the Muslims who tried to forcefully open the place of worship only for Police to intervene as the former threatened to cause havoc to the occupants of the mosque whom they described as attackers.

Efforts to contain the situation by the Kampala Metropolitan Police boss Haruna Isabirye proved futile as the believers had charged like angry lions.

Muslims charging at Police at the Mosque on Wednesday morning (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe)
Muslims charging at Police at the Mosque on Wednesday morning (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe)

Isabirye told the Muslims they could not hold prayers from the mosque until the situation returned to normal.

Several Muslims turned rowdy, threatening to thump “anybody who blocks us from communicating with Allah.”

They charged: “Allahu Akbar,Allahu Akbar (Allah is great)” before ordering Haruna to leave the matters of the Mosque to those who were much informed than himself whom they  accused of being naïve .

It is widely thought that the wrangles at the mosque have fuelled divisions in the Muslim fraternity leading to widespread murders of clerics.

However, peace was restored when police agreed to forcefully open the mosque to evict the invaders before letting believers access the place of worship for the day’s prayers.

It needed the deployment of more than 30 anti riot police officers to contain the angry believers who were ready to charge at the attackers whom they considered anti-Muslim.

Muslim wrangles have since caused security concerns in Uganda
Muslim wrangles have since caused security concerns in Uganda

Eventually, a total of 14 intruders with faces covered in veils and turbans were evacuated before being instructed to board a police truck that drove off amidst tight security.

MP Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda said in an article published by The Observer that he was at Kibuli during the final prayers for Sheikh Bahiga and I think a third institution was mentioned – the Tabliq section headed by ousted Amir Sheikh Kamoga.

Sheikh Kamoga was the Amir of Tabliqs before the 1998 invasion by dissenting Tabliqs and taking over of Old Kampala.

“Kamoga, I think, fled to Nairobi when his other colleagues, including Jamir Mukulu were rounded up and taken to Luzira. He continued pulling the strings from exile but Sheikh Sulaiman Kakeeto, who exploited the vacuum, eventually consolidated power,” said Ssemujju.

“I think through amnesty and other negotiations, Kamoga returned and joined the late Sheikh Abdul-Hakim Ssekimpi to form a rival Tabliq sect called Salafiyya, headquartered at William street. It is this William street Salafiyya group that eventually threw out Kakeeto,” added the lawmaker.

“This group has also now disagreed, leading to the removal of Kamoga. But like Kakeeto, Kamoga has also refused to surrender power. He runs Nakasero mosque and has thrown out his rivals from the William street mosque as well. The late Mustafa Bahiga was the chief coordinator of the group that removed Kamoga and set off a rivalry that is blamed for his murder.”

Suspected intruders covered their faces to avoid revenge attacks
Suspected intruders covered their faces to avoid revenge attacks
Hundreds of people in downtown Kampala take a glimpse of the clashes at the Mosque
Hundreds of people in downtown Kampala take a glimpse of the clashes at the Mosque
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