Document date: 19.07.2010
Condolence letter following the terrorist attacks in Kampala

Letter to te Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi (C.E.O), Church of Uganda

Geneva, 19 July 2010

Dear Archbishop,

We have been deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Kampala early last week, which killed more than 70 people and injured many. On behalf of the World Council of Churches, I would like to express our condolences to the bereaved families and sympathy to all victims. As you know, the WCC strongly condemns such wanton acts of terrorism and violence targeting innocent human lives. We believe that these kinds of attacks in any society will only intensify fear, hatred and polarization in society. The attacks against innocent people are a sin against God who offers life as a divine gift. 

By expressing our strong condemnation of this act of terrorism, we hold all citizens of Uganda in our thoughts and prayers as the people of Uganda pass through a critical time in its history.

As people of faith who believe in the dignity and fullness of life of every human being, we are committed to join hands with you to build communities of peace and reconciliation. May God almighty heal the deep wounds, protect all God’s children and help them to overcome hatred, intolerance and violence.

Yours in Christ’s love,

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
WCC general secretary


cc. Uganda Joint Christian Council, Kampala