Messiah grad Wilmot released from custody in Uganda

By Joel Hoover

Messiah alum Phil Wilmot has been released from custody in Uganda, according to a Facebook post from his mother Cindi this morning.

Wilmot had been detained by Ugandan police without charges since Saturday. He and his wife Suzan were taken by police after holding an “unauthorized meeting” in their hometown of Lira. Though Suzan Wilmot was released by police, Phil was transferred to the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Wednesday.

The Wilmots had been conducting nonviolent training for peaceful conflict resolution at the time of their detention. Such training is part of the work Phil and Suzan Wilmot do for Solidarity Uganda, a non-profit organization they helped co-found.

Family and friends had urged prayer and to contact both the United States embassy in Uganda and the Ugandan embassy in the United States for Wilmot’s release. Messiah students held a special prayer vigil for Wilmot in Hostetter Chapel last night following Powerhouse.

Though Wilmot has been released, he and his wife have incurred travel and legal expenses because of the detention. A fund has been created to help offset the fees.

For information on supporting Phil and Suzan Wilmot with their fees, visit

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