Pennsylvania missionaries plan to return to Uganda a year after terrorist attack

Posted May 25, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Charity ~ 3,135 views


SELINSGROVE — At the urging of a Messiah College student, three of the Selinsgrove-area residents injured in the July terrorist attack in Uganda will return to that African country next month.

“I kept encouraging them to go back,” said Kris Sledge, who suffered eye, ear and leg injuries July 11 when a bomb exploded in a crowded Kampala restaurant while patrons were watching the World Cup soccer final on television.

Sledge is saying in the United States to make up courses he missed in the fall due to his injuries.

Lori Ssebulime, her husband, Mo; Pam Kramer, her husband, Scott, and son Thomas, are among those planning to leave for Uganda on June 11. They will lay the ground work for another mission trip in 2012, said Ssebulime, who lived in Uganda for three years and met her husband there.

MARC HOFER / The Associated ~ Press Kris Sledge rests in the International Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, on Monday. He was one of five U.S. citizens injured during a bomb blast Sunday night in a Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala,

“Of course we’re concerned,” Kramer replied if she had any second thoughts of returning to where her left leg was broken.

Ssebulime and Kramer say they plan to return to the restaurant to thank people who helped them get emergency care immediately after the blast.

Among those killed was Peter Mutabazi, pastor of the Bwaise Pentecostal Church where the mission trip members were working. The church is still without a pastor, according to Ssebulime who maintains contacts in Uganda.

The six mission trip members injured in the explosion either have recovered from their injuries or are well on their way.

Sledge said he is fully recovered and plans to be on the mission trip next year.

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