Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize

I am a video journalist, a diploma holder in Mass Communication from the Institute of Mass Communication in Nakawa- Uganda. I have undergone intensive training in television news production and video journalism by DW AKADEMY. I have eight years experience working as a video journalist attached to busy local TV Channels in Uganda. I have produced stories that range from social, political, environment to business. I am currently engaged in production of short film documentaries besides reporting daily hard news and feature stories. Published Works: Ways and Means in soccer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMRoxewkWTk&context=C48443e5ADvjVQa1PpcFMZTBCio-ScVI2xb3f1iYO6ZTJrHEP9ohk= Coffin designs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMhq_DjfXhk&feature=relmfu

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Ugandan’s Anti-Gay Law Annulled
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
02 Aug 2014

Uganda's Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February.

However the legislation that was passed in parliament was "null and void", the presiding judge at the Constitutional Court said, as not enough lawmakers had been present to vote on the bill.

It was all excitement and jubilation inside Ugandan constitutional court by members of LGBT. Gay activitists and their layers immediately after the acting Chief Justice of constructional court Justice Steven Kavuma made the ruling.

The challenge to the law was brought by 10 petitioners, including academics, journalists, both ruling and opposition MPs, human rights activists and rights groups.

There was tension and chaos inside the court room court ruling as the head of Ant - gay activist Pastor Sempa kept on shouting at and confronting Gay actictivits and member of LGBT. which propted police intervene.

Pastor Sempal is one of the Anti gay Activists who have been banned from travelling to some western countries including USA and Britain.

Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality" and banned the "promotion of homosexuality".

Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.

Most of the Ugandan Government officials have faced travel ban to some western countries.

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Child Sacrifice Survivor in Uganda
Kampala
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
31 Jul 2014

Robert is one of the few children who have survived child sacrifice. He was kidnapped by a witch doctor in the Mukono district, about 70 kilometres away from Kampala. The boy bares the scars of the attempted murder on his neck and is now undergoing rehabilitation at Kyampisi Child Care Ministries’ rehabilitation centre in Kisasi a suburb of Uganda’s capital Kampala.

Robert was lucky. He was rescued when unconscious and rushed to the hospital in Kampala. Most children who are kidnapped are never seen again. Most of the time, their bodies are found in pieces.

Child sacrifice has become common practice in different parts of Uganda and other countries in East and Central Africa. People believe that bloodletting and the acquisition of certain human and animal body parts brings great prosperity.

In 2009, the Uganda Government instituted an Anti-Human sacrifice task force as one of the measures to curb down the vice. Despite this effort, child sacrifice cases are instead steadily increasing.

Rising levels of development and prosperity as well as an increasing belief that witchcraft can help people get rich quickly, are believed to be among the reasons behind this increase.

The Kyampisi Child Care helps child sacrifice survivors and their families rebuild their lives and overcome the trauma. The organization has helped over ten victims since its creation in 2009.
Witch doctors suspected to have carried out ritual child sacrifices are often acquitted due to the lack of political will and clear laws on child sacrifice.

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00:03- Mid shot of Nakiwala walking while carrying his grand son Robert
00:19- Close up of Robert and grandmother’s head
00:26- Tight close up of a scar around Robert’s neck
00:34- Mid shot of Nakwala talking to two care takers at the Rehab. Centre
00:46- Mid shot of Robert’s grandmother trying to get where to sit

01:25- SOUND BITE 1: YOWANI NAKIWALA- Robert’s grandmother
LUGANDA: One that day I left him alone at home and went to the church to pray, when I came back I found him laying on a mat in a pool of blood
01:49- Mid shot of Robert’s photograph laying on a hospital bed

01:58- SOUND BITE 2: YOWANI NAKIWALA- Robert’s grandmother.
LUGANDA: “His neck was almost falling off like this, the Doctors worked on him and dressed him with a collar around his neck, at least now you can see the neck is regaining strength, but the arms are still paralyzed, he cannot move them like this.”

02:29- Close up Robert’s legs
02:33- Wide shot of Robert and his grand mother
02:37- Wide shot of pastor Peter Sewakiryanga watching footage of the victims of child sacrifice
O2:47- Wide shot of Pastor Peter playing videos on computer
03:00- Newspaper cuttings of the victims of child sacrifice
03:06- Close up of News cuttings
03:14- Pastor Peter watching videos of the children he looks after singing
03:23- Close up of pastor peters face
03:30- Shot of pastor walking out of his office
03:42- Mid shot pastor talking to one of his assistants

03:45- SOUND BITE 3: PASTOR PETER SSEWAKIRYANGA- DIRECTOR KYAMPISI CHILDCARE MINISTRIES
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“The condition we find them is quite sad, those that die we find their bodies completely a part, the head is different; they have cut the head and drain the blood and cut their body parts. They can cut the stomach and take the organs out of their bodies. They are shocking incidences, shocking pictures. Those that survive need huge medical attention.”

04:18 -Wide shot of children playing in one of the streets of Kampala city suburb.
04:25. Wide shot of Pastor Peter checking the web site
04:30. Pastor Peter showing the photograph of late 5-year-old, Sarah, who was killed.
04:35- close up of late Sarah

04:42- SOUND BITE 4: PASTOR PETER SSEWAKIRYANGA- DIRECTOR KYAMPISI CHILDCARE MINISTRIES
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“Children are sacrifice because there is a growing belief that when you sacrifice a child, you get wealth, you get protection, you get healing and this belief which is a lie has spread all over the country and there has not been a tiger reaction from the Government or from people concerned to be able to educate masses that you don’t have to kill a child to get wealth or you don’t have to kill a child to get protection. Wealth comes from hard work, protection comes from God and because people are desperately poor and desperately in need of wealth issues, there is a witchdoctor in the community who claims to bring healing, to bring joy and happiness and blessings and the people go to that person and they are lied and they are sent for body parts of children.”

05:47- Close ups of Moses Binoga Police Commissioner ANTI- HUMAN SACRIFICE TASK FORCE

06:04 - SOUND BITE 5: MOSES BINOGA – POLICE COMMISIONER ANTI- HUMAN SACRIFICE TASK FORCE
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“15 victims were recorded, in 2010 it dropped to 9 children and then 2011 it dropped to 7 but 2012 it rose to 11 the official record of police and then 2013 it rose to 12 and then this year between the six month we have completed, we have had 7 children murdered under suspicious sacrifice incidences and then we have also had 3 adults who are suspects to have been sacrificed. So the crime is now rising and of course there is a big concern on what is happening.”

06:58- Zoom out shot of the alert post of child sacrifice.

07:12- SOUND BITE 6: POLICE COMMISIONER ANTI- HUMAN SACRIFICE TASK FORCE
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“In 2009 for example we arrested 70 suspects and out of those we took 48 to court and most of these were charged with murder. You know there is a challenge, although the law of human trafficking is under prevention of human trafficking Act. There is still a problem of applying that law, so most of these cases we are still applying Penal code law of murder.”

07:45- Shot of box for donation in support of victims
07: 46- Mid shot of picture signing the petition to end child sacrifice
07:57- Robert Grand mother wiping tears on her face

08:09-SOUND BITE 7: YOWANI NAKIWALA- Robert’s grandmother.
LUGANDA Question: What are you going to do when you go back home?
YOWANI: “Now I am in great fear because I developed suspicion to almost everyone in my village because I have no idea about who could have done this to him. At least if the person was arrested that could be better. But now the person is not known and if he is from the same village he might come back to fulfil his mission I am very worried even the rest of the family members have left the home ever since the incident happened.”

08:49- Group photograph of survivors under the care of Kampisi childcare ministries.

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South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda 1
Adjuman district, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
20 Jan 2014

South Sudan refugees seated under temporary makeshift shelter at Dzaipi refugee camp in the Adjuman district.

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South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda 2
Adjuman district, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
21 Dec 2013

South Sudan refugees at Dzaipi refugee camp in Adjuman didtrict being briefed

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South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda 3
Adjuman district, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
20 Jan 2014

Red cross workers helping a south Sudan refugee after collapsing in Dzaipi refugee camp on Sunday.

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South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda 4
Adjuman district, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
20 Jan 2014

A sick South Sudanese woman sleeping in front of her shelter at Dzaipi refugee camp in the Adjuman district.

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South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda 5
Adjuman district, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
20 Jan 2014

82-year-old South Sudanese with his family members at Dzaipi refugee camp in Uganda.

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South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda 6
Adjuman- Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
20 Jan 2014

82-year-old South Sudan refugee being supported at Dzaipi refugee camp.

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Female Genital Mutilation Interventio...
Moroto, Tapac, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
25 Oct 2012

Kiyonga Sarah (third right) with her fellow Surgeons (mutilators) holding knives they use when carrying out female genital mutilation attending the Tepeth culture day on 26th October 2012. Vowing not to continue with cutting girls after promising them some incentives and alternative source of their livelihood.

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Female Genital Mutilation Interventio...
Moroto, Tapac, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
24 Oct 2012

Kiyonga Sarah (centre) with her two daughters Nangiro Regina (Right) and Alinga Agness
(Left), Both Nangiro and Alinga are also mutilators; they were initiated in the practice by the mother.

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Female Genital Mutilation Interventio...
Moroto, Tapac, Uganda
By Francis Bahene Tumwekwasize
24 Oct 2012

Kiyonga Sarah, 89 years old, one of the first 10 Tepeth girls to be circumcised among the Tepeth community around 70 years ago. She is now well known among the Tepeth community as the Chief mutilator, she has circumcised countless number of Tepeth young girls and women. The Tepeth is a small ethic group which occupies the slopes of mount Moroto in North Eastern Uganda.