Robbers invade the monastery and beat nuns in Uganda

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni instructed security officials to conduct a thorough investigation to detect robbers who attacked a monastery 75 miles west of the capital.

The attackers raped and beat some of the 50 Bannabikira sisters known as the Daughters of Mary in their monastery in Bwanda in early July.

In response to the president's orders, the police set up a post near the monastery to prevent future attacks.

The sisters run schools, a dairy farm, a candle factory, a bakery and fish ponds. They also make clerical robes.

Police said the robbers were reported to have disconnected the security cameras and removed the hard drives that held security material.

Sister Bernadette Namabalilwa, who was superior to the community, described how the attackers "continued to hit the nuns and ask for money." The attackers fled with cash, phones, and laptops, she said.

The robbers reportedly jumped over the perimeter wall of the monastery and entered individual sisters' rooms to look for valuables and money.

One of the victims, Sister Sylivia Namulondo, said in an interview that the women were sleeping when the men broke in.

"They beat us and asked for money," she said. "We told them we didn't have much money and all we had was rosaries and portraits of Saint Mary, but they couldn't let us go."

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