|Anti-landmine activists in western Uganda were stunned to discover a primary school using an unexploded mortar bomb as a bell last week.|
Anti-landmine activists in western Uganda were stunned to discover a primary school using an unexploded mortar bomb as a bell last week, AFP reported.
"It was a big shock. When we arrived at the school we even found one of the students striking it," Wilson Bwambale, coordinator of Anti-Mines Network Rwenzori, said.
Bwambale said his team visited the 350-pupil primary school, one kilometer from Uganda's border with Democratic Republic of Congo, last week.
"The bottom [of the bomb] was hollow, that is why they used it as a bell, but the fuse at the top was still live," he said. "Fortunately no one hit it with enough (force) to explode the bomb."
Afterwards, Bwambale learnt that the school had been using the bomb as a bell for three years.
Last year, the same team visited a school where an unsuspecting teacher was keeping a hand grenade in one of the classrooms, Bwambale said.
(China.org.cn July 6, 2011)