Unmarried pregnant girls sent to die on Punishment Island
Akampene Island on Lake Bunyonyi is better known as Punishment Island was the final stop for ritually humiliated, abandoned unmarried pregnant girls.
Good girls gone bad in the eyes of the African village
|Good girls gone bad in the eyes of the African village|
|Canoe filled with tears|
This ritual was used to ensure that the humiliating spectacle deterrent to other girls that they dare not bring shame and humiliation to the village.
|Punishment Island today|
Today, Punishment Island is one of the prominent tourist sites on Lake Bunyonyi because of its torrid history.
The Island is being eroded by nature although a section of locals in Kabale District of Uganda believe the spirits of the girls that died there could be the reason for its slow destruction. The practice ended in the mid-twentieth century however; there are still survivors from Punishment Island alive today to tell their stories.