Speak for me my beloved; A tale for the Indigenous Minority Groups in Uganda.

Speak for me my beloved…..

I am native though minority but a true Ugandan,

With a unique lifestyle as a hunter, gatherer, forest dweller, and pastoralist,

In different parts of the Country,

Using traditional methods in all that I do

 

Yes I am unique but not recognized by many…

Discriminated against and stereotyped as “savage wild and uncivilized”,

Owing to my physical appearance and heritage…,

Hence my fear to join the mainstream society,

Speak for me my beloved.

 

My rights violated, and homes destroyed,

I am vulnerable and marginalized. My relocation is just a dream,

The reality being dispossession of preserving what I treasure most…

My CULTURAL HERITAGE and DIGNITY,

Speak for me my beloved.

 

I am a treasure that needs to be preserved,

Delicate as a pot, if not safeguarded I will diminish….

What will you tell the generations to come if my plight is not fixed now?

Do not sideline me, do not judge me…be my ambassador and

Speak for me my beloved.

 

As a true Ugandan, the pearl of Africa,

Let me have the feeling of belonging,

Knowing that I am accepted…

For God and my Country,

Speak for me my beloved.

By: Numbi Connie Samantha, Project Officer Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI)

 

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