An isolated Island in Lake Bunyonyi in western Uganda where girls who were pregnant before marriage were taken to suffer a terrible and lonely lives.They were chased away from the community and told never to come back to the community even if when they were saved by other people like men who were looking for wives because the community leaders thought that they were the one who brings Leprosy to their community.
It was named upside down Island because people believed that long ago the Island tend to have turned upside down and it was.They said that the Island is having different types of vegetation that is why they believed that it has turned upside down.
Akampene is now its present name to mean punishment Island.
However,most of the girls who were taken there died of hunger and some drowned themselves into the water in fear of medium gods whom they think it might kill them as sign of sacrifice by the clan members and aquatic wild animals like crocodiles but some of them were rescued by some men looking for wives to marry and some kind fishermen. I felt so pity for the children rescued with the mothers from the Island being called bastards and were ignored and killed immediately at birth because the men said they were not their own children to look after.The Island spoke with anger saying,Why do humans want me to die and sink in this lake in this fate of mine?,Where are the children who were rescued from my shores so that i could see them and sink in peace?
But when the missionaries came to Uganda, they abolished this kind of practises of taking pregnant girls to the Island instead those missionaries changed it into prison where those girls and the Lepers were taken and provided with all possible care as a punishment to them.The story was so pitiful for the girls because of the denial and terrible sufferings they passed through which many of them died unlike the others who were rescued luckily which is against human rights because everyone has a right to live.These mothers were still blamed by their husbands for the any case of bad habits at home. The children thanked their fathers a lot for rescuing their mothers from such an horrible and terrible place otherwise they wouldn’t have existed in the world which was very pleased to them and i really felt so happy to see that part of the film where all the family members were all happy but the girls were advised by their fathers not to follow the same mistakes their mothers did which ended being taken to Akampene Island.
And another short film we watched also about punishing girls also who gets pregnant before marriage and they also ended up being taken an isolated Island because they were blamed for the caused of drought by their clan leaders but in fact rain comes on its own due the nature of the land and its surrounding.
There was a certain girl who was pregnant with a certain boy in the village before marriage and the king’s men came to arrest her because they that she was the one who caused drought in their areas, she did not refused them to arrest her because she knew even if she did not go to school that rain comes on its own as water cycle increases in an area.Her father told the king’s men to arrest the boy and take him to Island instead of her daughter but she refused them to arrest him but her. After reaching the shore of the lake, she saw the clouds forming and thundering very loud and immediately the rain starts to rain heavily and she felt into laughter because she knew that her love with the boy is real and she is ready to have family with the him.
In my own thinking, i say that parents are the cause of early marriage because most of them say that girls are source of income to the family through bride price given that is why they chase away these girls from the community because they thought that they can never be married at a high price or many cows and they have even ashamed the whole community so they can not tolerate them living in the village with other good people.
So according to me myself what inspired me most in is that, i can stand up in my village to say that early marriage is bad and girls who are pregnant such a young age of 17 and below should be taken to hospitals for enough anti natal care but still i blame the parents not playing their role of taking maximum care of their young children to such forbidden things but they should not be treated so badly as in the film because it is against human rights which says everyone has a right to live and and with that,together we can create change in our communities and make it a wonderful place for everyone to live in.