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SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2008, 1:03 P.M.

Obscure World News of the Week

Fire guts Kibubura, Mariam High.

Mariam High School and Kampala and Kibubura Secondary Girl School was scorched on Thursday night in Ibanda, Uganda in what is assumed to be a case of arson. The thirty-two year old suspect, Geoffrey Mutyaba (pictured above), has been taken into custody by local police after being found with matchboxes and paper shortly after the fire was set at around 9:00pm. Luckily, there were no casualties, though five students fell unconscious as another five suffered minor injuries while rescuing colleagues and salvaging school property. Still, considering the irreversible damage to the supplies of the children and the school itself, it will prove a difficult void to fill in a community which likely has scarce funds for education as it is.

“I have lost everything,” sobbed 14-year-old Esther Naava an S2 student at the school.

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