Uganda school bell is a bomb

2011-07-03 22:45

Addis Ababa/Kampala - Students at a Ugandan school might not always have been happy to hear the sound of their school bell, but it turns out the alternative could have been much worse.

A group that travels the country to spread awareness about the dangers of unexploded mines - still a major problem in a region that has been scarred by conflicts over recent decades - was shocked to find that teachers were using an unexploded bomb as a school bell, reported the Daily Monitor on Sunday.

Worse, the bomb was still live, even as teachers at the primary school in south-western Uganda's Kasese District banged it with a rock to call children to classes or assemblies, the newspaper reported.

About 700 children attend the school.

"It was a shock to us to find out that what the school was using as a bell was a bomb," Wilson Bwambale, co-ordinator of the Anti-Mine Network Rwenzori, told the Daily Monitor. He said he noticed the problem when teachers used the bomb in his presence to call the students to order.

He said it was lucky that the teachers were only using a rock to bang on the bomb. Bwambale said the bomb was of a design that required a stronger force than impact with a rock to force detonation.

"Its head was still active, which means that if it is hit by a stronger force, it would explode instantly and cause untold destruction in the area. But we withdrew it to a safe place, where it will soon be exploded," Bwambale said.

This was the second bomb found in a Ugandan school within six months. Teachers at a different school found students using an unexploded bomb as a toy earlier this year.

Uganda was ravaged by a massive civil war 20 years ago, with fighting between 1996 and 2002. Numerous bombs are believed to still be strewn throughout the region.

- SAPA
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