A devastating incident occurred in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park when a couple and their guide were tragically killed during their honeymoon. The victims, identified as David and Celia Barlow from Hampstead Norreys in Berkshire, were beloved members of their community and will be profoundly missed.
David Barlow, described as a “pillar of the community,” dedicated over a decade of service as an exceptional chairman for the Hampstead Norreys Parish Council. His commitment to prioritizing the needs of the community made him highly respected by all. Celia Barlow, an accomplished individual in her own right, was cherished by those who knew her. The Hampstead Norreys Cricket Club affectionately referred to David as “Lord Barlow” and expressed their deep sorrow over the loss of such a remarkable couple.
The Uganda Police Force reported that the victims’ vehicle was set ablaze after the brutal attack. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni took to X, formerly Twitter, to announce that the Ugandan High Commission in the UK would offer support to the grieving families.
Authorities have been pursuing suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, an extremist organization linked to the Islamic State (IS), in the region. Operating primarily in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the ADF has been the focus of intensified operations by both Uganda and the DRC. The attack took place near the border between the two countries.
IS claimed responsibility for the incident through its Telegram channels, although concrete evidence has yet to be presented. Prior to the attack, Uganda’s president had announced the foiling of a plot by ADF militants to bomb churches in the Butambala district.
The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Uganda, urging caution and advising against non-essential travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Any individuals already in the park are urged to follow the guidance of local security authorities and, if possible, consider leaving the area.
Our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones affected by this tragic event.