Scar saves woman from ritual sacrifice
Posted Friday, January 4 2013 at 02:00
Survivor. A scar she sustained on her left breast saves Prosy Namuli from being sacrificed by her kidnappers.
When she was abducted in the evening of Monday, at around 7.30pm, Prosy Namuli had no idea that a scar on her body would save her life.
The 23-year-old mother of two and a resident of Kabuwoko Village, Kilumba Sub-county in Rakai District, was travelling back home from Bukunda trading centre, when she was captured, pushed into a car and driven off.
Her abductors, she says, had planned to sacrifice her, apparently for a ritual.
“The men drove me to a strange place where they forced me to undress and then dragged me to a bush along the road,” Namuli says.
They then took her near an anthill where they planned to kill her. However, when they noticed that she had a scar on her left breast, they changed their minds. It was at this point, Namuli says, that she lost consciousness.
Mathias Bukenya, a resident of Kabuwoko Village said Namuli was later found lying in the very place she had been abducted from, which suggests that the abductors could have returned her there.
Her husband, Richard Musuuza, said the entire village had been alarmed by his wife’s sudden disappearance.
“When people learnt that she had been seen forcefully pushed into a car that sped off and whose number plate no one could tell, they were shocked and scared,” he said.
Namuli said it took her about an hour to regain consciousness but she did not go to the hospital for medical checkup.
When the Daily Monitor interviewed her at her home, Namuli was preparing lunch for her family. She said she was lucky to have suffered long ago from the wound that left the scar that saved her life.
Ignatius Nuwoha, programme officer at African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect in Rakai, described the incident as tragic, saying the district still had many cases of human sacrifice especially those involving children.
District Criminal Investigations Officer Rose Nabakooza said police were investigating the matter, adding that this is the second case to be reported in the recent past.
The first was that of 11-year-old Night Nambabali of Kibutamu Village, Lwankoni Sub-county, who was found dead.