Two Gulu Pilgrims Discontinued from Namugongo Pilgrimage

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Florence Lamunu Komakech, one of the leaders of the foot pilgrims says Gena was discontinued after suffering epileptic seizures after covering about 26 Kilometers of the 332-kilometre journey while George Obwona was discontinued after engaging in dry fasting without food or water for many days.

Two foot-pilgrims from Gulu have been discontinued from the walk of faith to Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine on health grounds. They are Mathew Gena, a parishioner from Patongo Parish in Agago district and George Obwona, a parishioner from Christ the King Parish in Kitgum district.  




Florence Lamunu Komakech, one of the leaders of the foot pilgrims says Gena was discontinued after suffering epileptic seizures after covering about 26 Kilometers of the 332-kilometre journey while George Obwona was discontinued after engaging in dry fasting without food or water for many days.  



Lamunu said they feared that Obwona would not make it to Namugongo under intense speed and dehydration.     



  //Cue in; "Jo aryo aye wan…. 



Cue out…dano aryo cen."//     




The pilgrims resumed their walking journey on Sunday after a day of rest in Bweyale Town Council in Kiryandongo district. They are now heading to Kigumba Town Council - also in Kiryandongo district where they will rest and get treatment for blisters they have suffered in their feet.    

 
Rev. Father Cyprian Ocen, the spiritual leader of the pilgrims says the remaining pilgrims are stronger in spirit to finish the race. He says they find comfort in singing, dancing, praising and repentance along the way. 



Rev. Ocen says the major problem they encounter along the way is the lack of adequate drinking water for the pilgrims.     




//Cue in: "Gin matye ka time…. 


Cue out: "….gitye ka mako ne"//     




The 335 pilgrims from Gulu Archdiocese departed Gulu on May 16 with Bibles, Rosaries, faith and determination to walk the 332 Kilometers journey to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine ahead of Martyr's Day, to be celebrated on June 3.  Gulu Diocese is animating the celebrations this year.

 

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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.