(Today’s post is from Katharine Wright, one of our staff serving the children in Uganda.)
It’s the age old battle that forms the basis for many film and book plots. The battle of good versus evil! Sometimes in life it can look like the battle is being lost by good-but that’s never the end of the story.
I was going to write this blog the other day but I was too angry. It doesn’t happen often, I like to be happy and I like making people laugh, but I really was angry. I witnessed violence, a case of mob justice against a young man who had committed a small crime. A crowd of people were gathered round with sticks, there was beating and there was cheering. Young and old alike were there completely ok with joining in, determined to exact revenge. In that moment it looked like evil was winning.
Thankfully in this situation the police were able to do something and intervene. But what made me most angry is that this is illegal and yet not uncommon, beating someone, even beating them to death is seen by some as just another form of ‘justice’. It is not a reaction that is unique to this place, cases of revenge and retribution small and large take place in every country across the world. The other day I came face to face with it and suddenly for me it became all too much of a reality.