The Search Begins: Your Past, My Nothingness


This request was posted on the Ugandaninsomniac’s blog, thank you so much for your support Tumwijuke:

A request from the author of the blog ‘Murdered or Missing?

My father, Robert (Bob) Scanlon went missing and was murdered in Uganda in 1977. This was during the Idi Amin years. I just wonder does any one out there have any information which might help to discover what happened to him and why?

 That blog post struck a chord in me.  I don’t know what it is.

Perhaps it is mawolu from reading Andrew Rice’s book, “The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda.”

Perhaps it is ubuntu.

Perhaps it is the fact that so many have died in my country since 1962.  So many.  And nothing, but fleeting memories remain.

If you have any info on Robert Scanlon, please visit ‘Murdered or Missing?’ here.

1 Response to “Your Past, My Nothingness”

  1. > 1 DarlkomAugust 3, 2009 at 6:21 pmI think not knowing whether someone is dead or alive is the worst kind of torture. There is no closure, you can’t properly mourn without feeling guilty in case the person you are mourning is not actually gone. This is sad.

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