"Not easy to forgive" says Ugandan on death row for 18 years

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Edward Mpagi (on left) and Ronald Katongole UN Photo/Matthew Wells

A Ugandan man who lived for more than 18 years on death row says it's "not easy to forgive", in his own words, "everybody who participated in my suffering."

But that's exactly what Edward Mpagi has been able to do, taking his call for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, all the way to UN Headquarters in New York.

He took part in a panel discussion on the theme of moving away from the death penalty, and was accompanied by Ronald Katongole, a young campaigner from his home village.

The two men are currently building a school to benefit the children of death row inmates in Uganda.

The UN advocates for the universal abolition of the death penalty and more than 160 Member States have either abolished it or do not practice it.

Matthew Wells asked Mr Mpagi to explain how he ended up in prison, back in the early 1980s.

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