Crime Scene Photography · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion · Uganda

Kanungu doomsday massacre (graphic)

March 17, 2000
Kanungu, Uganda
Hundreds of followers of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God are killed in a mass murder

The cult called Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God had been established in the 1980s when 2 men, a banana beer brewer and a politician, had visions of the Virgin Mary and formed their church.

In anticipation of the new millennium, church officials warned of an upcoming apocalypse. Preparations included re-recruiting church members who had left the fold, selling possessions, and workers abandoning their jobs. When January 1, 2000 came and went without the promised end of the world, the church began to fall apart. A new date was chosen, March 17, and a huge party was organized. Shortly after the party began, the church was destroyed in a huge explosion. A total of 778 members were killed, including dozens of children.

It was first believed the members participated in a mass suicide. However, some of the bodies showed signs of strangulation, stabbing, blunt force trauma, or poisoning. It was later suspected the deaths were a mass murder orchestrated by the church officials, carried out when their doomsday prophesy failed to come true. Officials originally believed the church’s leaders had perished in the fire, though they know suspect the founders escaped. Warrants for their arrest have been issued but there has been no sign of either man since the massacre.

WARNING: the photo below shows some of the fire’s victims and is graphic. Discretion is advised

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