Have you ever been tortured? Your mind, thinks of so many things of what you could have done, what you missed, the joys, the achievements, and then the fact that all is going to end, because your life is about to end!
That is the ordeal, Maisha Sifa Musanganya had to ensure, with no direct questions directed to her and her husband but a continuous statement of, “Tell us, tell us what you know”. It is a feeling that, no person should go through, it is retching, defying and tear-jerking. It’s a feeling that changes your perception about life.
Musanganya Musa had a loving family with a wife and three amazing children. But on this one night, horror knocked on his door, while they were sleeping.
They overheard the sounds of men around the house, little did they know that this was the last night they would be as a family.
Musanganya the provider and protector of his household was removed from the safety of his house as the men they had overheard walking in their compound took him away.
They had knocked out the door and entered forcefully without notifying those in the house who they were.
They searched the entire house and then went off with Mr Musanganya amidst horrific cries from his household members. There were no words said, only actions were done, and in less than 15 minutes the whole ordeal was over.
It is said that a neighborhood search was initiated in the morning as the wife had reported the abduction to the area local council chairman and the police.
There was no record of him at the local police station as they were further referred to the Central Police station.
At the Central Police station, a case was filed for a missing person and reference number given as the searched start for the head of this family.
It was terrifying to think of what he was going through and how he was coping with it, as death was not a thought permitted anyone to think of as faith and hope had to be kept.
With no good news coming from the investigation a few days in, the family decide to take the case to the public to get their assistance in finding him, it is until they found the body of Mr Musanganya lying in the bushes.
He had been murdered. Sifah Musanganya knew she wasn’t safe, she knew those who had killed her husband were coming back the same night to follow up.
“The walk in the Dark started” with no clear direction a mother with her four children moved in the bushes, her little baby of four months went on crying, the pain was too much. Four hours running to the near by main road, a vehicle approached, it was lorry carrying merchandise to the near by town of Bunagana.Reaching Bunagana, in north Kivu, “we didn’t uses proper channels to enter Uganda neither did we have proper documentations anyway”.
The young ones were tired, we had to stop. A good Samaritan who over heard of our story directed us to the offices of UNHCR from Bunagana, to Nyakabande then this Kyakka II refugee camp.
We were welcomed and allocated where to set up shelter. With the help of the community we set up a simple tent that has housed us for the last two years.
It has not been a bed of roses, Feeding is a hustle, the taplines cant hold the rains, We have been washed away by the rains on several occasions.
A ray of Hope Seated prepairing a small meal, ADRA Uganda and the chairman came around , they were speaking in English, but all I could see was pointing at us, kept on wondering what they were talking about.
It is until after a week realized that the strangers were actually going to save me and my children from the rains.
A house for me and my children? This was like a dream, I had started raising money to set up shelter but failed. And indeed after a week, the foundation was laid, ohhh construction started a shelter a latrine and bathroom this was all I could dream of. Without paying a penny, my sorrows have been wiped.
Indeed my new house is in its final stage. I cant Thank ADRA enough, I used to see there vehicles move around, little did I know that my shelter was on its way.