Pictorial: Gulu Foot Pilgrims Trek to Namugongo



The foot pilgrimage for Christians from Gulu Archdiocese has entered its sixth day of tedious walk of faith.       
They started the walk with just their Bibles, Rosary and faith in their hearts determined to arrive at the final resting place of the Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo, located about 332 Kilometers away from their homeland.  
Old women with cracked feet bears fresh bandage around the soles of their feet. Health workers are trying to prevent bleeding from them. The heat on the tarmac road is telling as irritating sounds of passing cars conspire with high voltage winds to drag them backward.        

Among the pilgrims is devout Anglican Church believer - Dr. Olara Otunnu, the former Uganda People's Congress-UPC Party President and Alfred Oluba, the Layibi Division Chairperson.   
Uganda Radio Network caught up with the pilgrims at Rwengkunye, few Kilometers after Masindi Port on Gulu - Kampala Highway and brings you pictures from the pilgrimage.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.