An unexploded bomb had been used as a school bell in Uganda to call children to lessons for three years until it was found by a mine awareness team.
It was a shocking discovery for the a team of the Anti-Mines Network that visited the Ikobero Model primary school, last week, after getting bit of information from a curious community leader. When the team entered the school premises, they found one of the students striking the bomb, using it as a bell, told Anti-Mines Network Rwenzori’s coordinator Wilson Bwambale to AFP. Bwambale said that the bomb had a hollow bottom due to which it was used as a bell in the school that is situated a kilometer from the border between Uganda and Congo. However, the bomb had a live fuse at the top. Bwambale told it was fortunate that no one had struck the bomb hard enough to make it go off.
When the school teachers were called to a meeting by the mine awareness team, after they had secured the bomb, one of the teachers told that the bomb had been in use as a bell at the school for three years. Bwambale then suggested to the staff that they better use something else as a gong.
Reuters wrote that the country’s land is littered with landmines and bombs left from the fight between military forces of Uganda and insurgent rebels.
Huffington Post notes that the bomb has been secured and it will be detonated in a safe place. The news post also tells that this is not the first instance of a bomb being found in a school in Uganda. Six months ago, a bomb was found in another primary school where it was being used as a toy by kids.