It's interesting how life evolves and how circumstances change, sometimes to the beat of the heart.
As journalists in the country celebrated World Press Freedom Day yesterday, police officers in the capital city made a gruesome discovery along the Nasese seawall.
The body of a baby was found floating amongst a clump of mangrove trees at around midday.
Police confirmed the female baby was found by women on their way to fish out at sea. The pair first saw the baby's legs and mistook it as those of a doll but later discovered it belonged to a human being.
Yesterday would have been a traumatic experience for first responders who included police officers and a volunteer first responder.
Pictures taken by our photographer at the scene showed a lifeless baby floating in a clump of mangroves.
A police officer was later pictured jumping into the sea to gently lift the baby up to be placed into a body bag.
That act alone, of a uniformed officer of the law jumping into knee deep water, to bend over and with gloved hands, gently lift up the lifeless child was emotional.
It spoke highly of the value of life and how we should treat our fellow human beings.
It spoke of many other things including the commitment we must have to respect and treasure life.
There was one picture frame with the officer bent over, his back to the camera, face hidden by mangrove leaves, hands wrapped around the little body of the child that tugged at the heart.
They were two people different in many ways. One was a policeman who had responded to the call of duty and the other, a child who probably had not been given a chance to live life.
What was similar though was the fact that they were both human beings.
Therein lies the need to appreciate life and those who are important to us.
As we come out of a day reserved for journalists the world over, we must raise the issue of life and the need to appreciate that we each have a right to live.
As police start investigations to unravel the mystery of the dead child, we are forced to ponder on the issue of whether this is a sign of a fragmented society.
Such times should open our eyes to the reality that life is precious and that we need to look around us and in the mirror.
We perhaps need to acknowledge our loved ones and learn to appreciate that people have issues that are overwhelming.
Yesterday, at midday, a body was discovered. A life was lost. We do not know the circumstances surrounding how it ended there. It is unfortunate and sad.
But we are thankful that an officer of the law and other first responders at the scene handled the child with dignity and respect. For that we must say thank you. Life deserves that.