Kiryandongo Lightning Tragedy in Pictures
I will begin in a very odd way of starting a story by defining what lightning is:
“The occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder”
Getting to know its definition will probably open up your mind to visibly compare with the images of the Kiryandongo lightning that left 19 school pupils of Runyanya Church of Uganda primary school lifeless with hundreds injured.
“Natural electrical discharge of very short duration….” Sets the scene very plainly. Except a slight compression of Runyanya rooftop, the school looks to be in good shape. Actually, it’s unbelievable that such a slight compression would kill a life. Asaba, a pupil testified to this.
“I saw my friend Mable she could not wake up. I called her name that ‘Marble Marble wake up’ but she was not responding. I went and told the teachers they came and carried her to the office. For me I felt weak and cold,” Asaba, who is bed ridden at Kiryandongo hospital, recalls.
At the Kiryandongo Hospital morgue, the little girls and boys were clean, lying still in their uniforms. Still, you would have to look so hard and close to pick out any sign of a lightning hit was such an emotional scene for anyone.
A colleague called it “an enemy.” She tries to defend her claims.
“Look, this thing comes like a snake; hits you hard within seconds and swirls back into the skies and no one can follow it or wage a war against it. It’s not accountable to anyone. What do you call that?”
Families came in numbers, some delighted to have had their own bloods, survive with minor injuries, and some, speechless, sorrowful but helpless.
Those are hard moments to photograph. Balancing your own emotions and not getting overly excited at capturing the gruesome images.
As I was writing this down, a tweeter alert popped on my screen. It was another lightning strike in Nigeria which left 11 dead.
Note: I decided to omit some really cruel pictures to look at.