18 July 2010

Week one of terrorism in Uganda...

If the goal of terrorism is to strike fear in a society... then Round 1would go to the al-Shabab...

Kampala is a different place than it was 1 week ago before two bombs went off and 74 people were killed...

The the crowds that gather on streets and at bars at night have disappeared ... resturants and coffee shops are silent with few visitors... ex-pats are swarming doctors offices looking for doctors notes to qualify for medical leave... and there are times when the whole city seems as if it is held hostage...

Now if the appropriate response of a people to terror is to unite and organize themselves against further attack... then I would give credit where credit is due and give Round 2 to the government and people of Uganda...

Kampala is no longer the same...

Cars are now searched outside of shopping centers and other crowded parking lots while passengers are searched one by one... churches have organized security personal to search everyone leaving and entering and now have evacuation plans in place... large gatherings have been postponed until appropriate security is in place... and the police are at attention and ready throughout the city...

I don't see it as an inconvience to be searched, frisked or questioned... and I make sure to thank each officer and security personal I come across...

Uganda is now a different country... here's hoping the security measures last... I for one am cheering for them...

This next week the African Union will be meeting 2 miles from our house and already Ggaba Rd has police stationed every 100 feet along the road... embassy reports are urging people to use precaution and threats of another bombing remain through August for now...

I'm reminded by all of this something that I often pray for my sons... "that they would have no fear of anything whether it be heights, large animals, people or circumstance but that instead they would be filled with the fear of the Lord"...

As the security guards dismissed us one row at a time from church today we sang "Your the God of this City" ... seems to ring true more than ever before after week one of terrorism in Uganda...

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I am in the US right now, due to return in September, and have been wondering about the effects of the bombings. Thanks for posting. I won't mind any security measures they take - and yet I know that our safety ultimately depends on God. Praying for you and your family today!