Voices from Uganda


Voices from Uganda

We've expanded our compassionate release campaign to Uganda. Reuniting more families as Covid-19 spreads.

Thanks to donations from supporters around the world, we’ve been able to extend our compassionate release program from Kenya into Uganda. Despite country-wide lockdowns and travel restrictions, our team has worked tirelessly to release nonviolent offenders. And help them return home before Covid-19 reaches their communities.

We want you to read their stories and their own words. And we still need your action. Because hundreds more men and women await their chance to be reunited with family.

“I cannot wait to see my children and wife.”

A 36-year-old father of four, Moses worked as a night security guard patrolling near a garage. He stole scrap metal with the intent to resell it and pay his children’s school fees. Moses was sentenced to one year in prison, or pay a fine of £129 – an amount far greater than he could afford. Thanks to the compassionate release campaign, Moses’ fine was cleared and he is excited to be reunited with his family.
“I want to study hard and become a lawyer.”

Dalton is a 20-year-old high school student, sentenced to six months or a fine of £65 for theft of a mobile phone. Dalton spent his time in prison with thoughts of missing school and remorse for his actions. And he says his experience in prison built his courage to help others who are given long sentences for petty offenses. Your donations helped release Dalton, so he can complete school and pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.
“My children were forced to work on farms to look for food.”

Dancan was charged with stealing a motorbike, and given a fine of £108 or a 12-month prison sentence. At 31 years old, Dancan is the breadwinner of his family. And his children have suffered during the time he has spent behind bars. Dancan entered a plea bargain agreement with the state attorney, and his fine was paid out of the compassionate release campaign funds. He is grateful to be back with his family.
“I am going to use the skills I received from prison to become a better farmer.”

Prior to his arrest, 24-year-old Kusiima was a coffee and maize farmer with his first child on the way. His neighbor accused him of stealing an identity card and a sound system, which led to his arrest, conviction, two-year sentence, and £69 fine. Orphaned at age 12, Kusiima set aside his dreams of being a doctor to tend gardens as a means of survival. Thanks to the compassionate release campaign, Kusiima is home with his wife and new baby.
“Staying in prison made me realise the bad influence gamblers create on one’s character.”

Charged with stealing, 23-year-old Sande was sentenced to 24 months in prison or pay a fine of £43. The young father of four regrets associating with local village gambling groups. And he recognises the negative influence such companions can have on a person. With a positive new outlook, Sande is hopeful to embark on practising commercial farming to support his wife and children.