By Denis Turyahebwa
There was endless jubilation and merrymaking on Saturday as members of the Pan-African Pyramid (PAP) delivered lots of goodies to refugees at Nakivale Settlement Camp, in Isingiro district, western Uganda.
The PAP team, under their annual campaign dubbed ‘X-Mas With Refugees,’ set off from Kampala on Friday night for their journey that would last 185KM, as they traveled to Nakivale Refugees settlement camps, which currently hosts over One Hundred Twenty thousand (120, 000) people from several countries.
After traveling throughout the night and resting in Mbarara at one of the PAP members’ ancestral home, they proceeded to the refugee camps, where they were warmly welcomed by authorities there, who later led them to the camps.
Before long, with the help of the area LC3, police and other security personnel at the Camps, PAP members, together with their partner HALEA-UG team started distributing the items amongst the refugees amidst amidst merrymaking songs and hugs from the team.
The relief aide collected from well-wishers and Good Samaritans in Kampala that were distributed to refugees include; tonnes of clothes, soap, food stuffs, sugar, utensils, shoes, soft drinks, Biscuits to mention but a few.
While addressing the gathering, PAP Chairman and founding Speaker Andrew Irumba reminded refugees that we are all one people as Africans, only divided by colonial borders and conflict created by own brothers due to greed for earthly wealth,which,when they die,they leave it here.
“All human beings deserve to be loved and cared for, without segregation or paying attention to geographical locations and divisions. We all need to love and care for each other. Our minds have been corrupted by the geographical demarcations that were once caused by colonialists and now you find us hating ourselves saying I’m Ugandan, Kenyan or Rwandese, forgetting that it’s the whites who gave us those demarcations and want us to hate ourselves,” he said.
Irumba added that “Pan-Africanism has taught me that you have to be your brother’s keeper. Give to your neighbour not only when you have, but bail them out in case of any disaster or situation they are in.
As Pan-African Pyramid we are not rich. But we believe that someone somewhere needs help and that’s exactly why we had to do our level best to make sure that we put a smile on your faces this festive season.”
PAP has in previous years delivered donations to various refugee camps including Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Hoima district (in 2016) where members traveled 112.14 miles (180.47 km) from Kampala, in 2016.
The second visit was in 2017 to the world’s largest refugee settlement, Bidi Bidi, in Yumbe District, where PAP members traveled 533.1 KM to the camp based in northwestern Uganda, occupied by over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees, who were displaced by the civil war in their country.
And previously in 2018, the PAP team visited Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement camp in Kamwenge District, after traveling 290.5 km from Kampala.
It should be noted that the Pan-African Pyramid organizes annual events including PAP global awards every August, X-Mas with refugees every December basing on its principles as an intellectual, non-partisan discussion forum, built on the Pillars of PAN-AFRICANISM, PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM, whose Ideal/pre-occupation is to REVIVE intellectual discourse among youth with a bias on re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.
What Is Pan-Africanism?
Pan-Africanism is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to ‘Unify and uplift’ people of African descent.
The ideology asserts that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is “a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny”
Pan African Pyramid Vision:
To articulate the concerted efforts geared towards promoting the true African Awakening among the BLACK people throughout Africa and in the Diaspora, and galvanize inventions and innovations of the African people.
Pan African Pyramid Mission:
To REVIVE intellectual discourse among the youths with a bias of re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.