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October 18, 2021

One Man’s Stand Against Gun Violence in Popondetta

These arethe only Christmas lights (pictured) you see in Popondetta town at night. It’s a small but significant gesture that Copeland Gewa and his family have been doing for the past three years.

Mr. Gewa hopes this will changethe mindset ofthe people inthe province to appreciatethe festive period. Being a victim of gun violence in Popondetta himself, Gewa has called for community support to ensure a safe festive period inthe province.


Mr. Gewa,the Provincial Labor Officer, has used his experience to assist institutions inthe province such asthe hospital to help victims of gun violence recover fromtheir traumatic experiences.


He has lived through his brutal experience of being a victim of gun violence in 2005. This experience led him to startthe governors’ charity walk.Forthe last five yearsthey have raised an average of K50 000 for the hospital. With more community support more can be achieved he says.


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