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School targeted in Uganda massacre was built with help from Canadian non-profit

School targeted in Uganda massacre was built with help from Canadian non-profit

The Ugandan faculty the place attackers killed dozens of scholars Friday was constructed with the assistance of a Canadian non-profit, the group’s co-founder and former vice-president confirmed to CBC Information.

The British Columbia-based Partnerships for Alternative Improvement Affiliation (PODA) helped construct the faculty between 2010 and 2011, Peter Hunt instructed CBC Information on Sunday by textual content message, confirming earlier statements made by Uganda’s schooling minister and reporting from The New York Instances.

Hunt served as vice-president of PODA till 2020, based on his LinkedIn profile, and he says he and Natalie Hunt, his associate and the group’s co-founder, stepped down from the board of administrators and “haven’t been concerned for a number of years.”

The pair are in “disbelief” over the assault, Hunt mentioned.

“We’re shattered that such a horrible factor would occur to harmless youth,” he mentioned. 

“Our hearts goes out to all of our mates, the scholars and academics, and the group members of Mpondwe and Bwera, who’ve so senselessly misplaced a lot.”

Thirty-eight college students had been amongst the at the least 42 victims of the Friday night time assault at Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary College, positioned within the western city of Mpondwe close to the Congolese border.

A dormitory destroyed by hearth is seen contained in the Lhubiriha Secondary College on Sunday. (Hajarah Nalwadda/The Related Press)

PODA, based within the early 2000s, describes itself as a volunteer-run group that raises cash for and sends volunteers to initiatives in Africa aimed toward growth, based on its now-inaccessible web site. 

“This was a … community-led undertaking,” Hunt mentioned, referring to the folks of Mpondwe and the neighbouring city of Bwera, including the initiative “included dairy goat applications, ladies’s initiatives and honeybee-keeping.”

He famous the college is “owned and operated by the group” and that no belongings are owned by any Canadians.

President denounces ‘terrorist’ assault

Some college students had been burned past recognition within the assault; others had been shot or hacked to demise after militants armed with weapons and machetes attacked the college. Ugandan authorities imagine at the least six college students had been kidnapped.

The assault is blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which not often claims accountability for assaults. The ADF has established ties with the Islamic State group and has been accused of launching many assaults lately focusing on civilians in distant elements of japanese Congo.

In an announcement on Sunday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni described the assault as “legal, determined, terrorist and futile,” vowing to deploy extra troops on the Ugandan aspect of the border.

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