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Muslims in Karamoja Pray for Peace

Hajji Mohamed Akida Lokure, the district khadi Karamoja Muslim council says that the holy month of Ramadhan is meant to make the Muslims unite, embrace peace and above all reform from bad deeds.
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Muslims in the Karamoja mostly prayed for peace as they marked Eid el Fitr.  The sub-region has been enveloped in insecurity and hunger for several months as so-called warriors raid people for cattle and ambushg vehicles to rob.

Hajji Mohamed Akida Lokure, the district khadi Karamoja Muslim council says that the holy month of Ramadhan is meant to make the Muslims unite, embrace peace and above all reform from bad deeds.

Akida said since the Ramadhan has made them reform, the congregation should continue praying and work together for peace in the region.

Akida said that life in Karamoja is harsh due to habitual cattle raiding and chronic food insecurity despite government interventions to save the situation.

‘’We pray for Allah’s intervention into Karamoja problems where lives and destruction of livelihoods have become a way of life, when the number of animals within the community declines’’ Akida said.

He prayed for a quick restoration of peace  so that people can engage in agriculture when rain is still there.

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Ismail Loduk a member of Muslim family in Nakapelimen village ward in south division, Moroto municipality said that this holy month of Ramadhan has taught him so may lessons which includes sharing, unity, care, love and peace in the community.

Loduk vowed the lead the Muslim community by an example to move to the kraals to sensitize the community to stop bloodshed but instead embrace peace

He called upon all the religious leaders across karamoja to offer a prayer and fast for the attainment of peace and stability in the region.

Muslims in Moroto municipality began their celebration with special early morning prayers in various mosques across the region and moved on to feasts and festivities.