The grave yard that consists of 48 graves of some of the polish refugees who died in Nyabyeya village when they settled in Masindi is currently in bad shape. The grave yard is located near St Mary Nyabyeya Catholic Church that was also constructed and left behind by the polish refugees.
government of the Republic of Poland is set to renovate a grave yard left
behind by the polish refugees at Nyabyeya village Budongo sub county in Masindi
grave yard that has 48 graves of some of the polish refugees who died
in Nyabyeya village when they settled in Masindi is currently in bad shape.
It is located near St Mary Nyabyeya catholic church that was also
constructed and left behind by the polish refugees.
visited the graveyard which attracts tourists especially the polish people
in Uganda and those abroad and discovered that some of the graves had started
sinking while others have been covered by grass.
Rev.Father Peter Wasswa, the Country Director of the polish Development Organization in Uganda
told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the government of Poland through
the ministry of culture is set to renovate the graveyard at the end of this
year or at the beginning of next year.
says the renovation works of the graveyard that will include painting and fencing of the entire premises is meant to make the place look good and
most importantly to respect the polish refugees who died of various illnesses and
were buried in Nyabyeya.
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Francis Jawiambe, one of the locals settled in Nyabyeya village where the graveyard is situated says there is need to have the graveyard renovated since it is in bad shape yet it attracts tourists to the area.
hosted close to 7,000 Polish refugees, mainly women and children between l942
British protectorate government settled the polish refugees in Nyabyeya in
Nyabyeya parish Budongo sub-county in Masindi District and Koja (Mpunge) in
date, especially at Nyabyeya forestry college institute, many of the structures
built by the polish refugees are still standing. They include twin houses also known as labour camps that used to
accommodate polish refugee widows.
are also many water sources constructed by the Polish refugees that still serve
the community. One structure that has stood the test of the time is the former
house for the polish refugee camp commandant within Nyabyeya Forestry College.
refugees built the Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland Catholic
Church that has since been renamed St. Mary Nyabyeya Catholic Church and stands a few meters from Nyabyeya Forestry College.
between 1943 and 1945 by the Polish refugees, the church still serves the local