Dying for Beliefs

His wish was to one day build a beautiful mansion in gratitude to the sacrifices of her mum towards his upkeep and education. Ruka walked a distance of approximately 10 km to and from the nearby Mushumbi high school. He travelled all these kilometers every day on bare foot. His single mon could not afford to buy him even the cheapest pair of rubber sandals (nyatera). It was so touching to see Ruka step in the school toilets with his bare feet. Despite the fact that he walked to school bare footed, Ruka managed to excel academically. He passed with flying colours in all his subjects. He was academically gifted so to speak. It is on a Friday afternoon on the 25th of June 2008. Ruka is coming from school. His mind is thinking about watering the garden. He is also thinking of going to search for cattle in the forests. As he arrives home, he is startled to see neighbours standing at their homestead.

From a distant he could sense that all is not well. Their granary has been burnt to ashes.Who did this and why? All these thoughts stream to Ruka’s mind. Before he could even open his mouth to ask questions. He catches a glimpse of his mother lying in agony. All they can tell him is that she had been beaten by war veterans and rowdy youths (euphemistically known as green bombers). In tears he breaks down to touch his mother’s bruised arm. As she struggles to breathe her last breath, she only manage to say,

‘Look well after your young sister’.

Ruka could feel the loosening of the grip of her mom’s hand. With these words, a life is taken from this earth. As of today Ruka seeks solace and comfort in the fact that her mother died for her political beliefs. The very fact and belief that she is resting in eternal peace, gives him the energy and faith to live peacefully with his enemies. What only tortures and pierces to the core and marrow of his heart, is his unfulfilled wish. With the fullness of life, he had wished to one day build a beautiful mansion for his

Psalms 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.


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