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Arsonists Raid Two Villages in Apaa Township, Burn 207 Huts

According to the residents and local leaders, the arsonists stormed the area on Saturday and Sunday evening and ordered people out of their homesteads before the torched the huts.
Fred Ojok who was injured during the attack.

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Unknown arsonists have torched 207 huts in Rwot Oromo and Pak Apaka villages in Apaa Township, borders Adjumani and Amuru districts. According to the residents and local leaders, the arsonists stormed the area on Saturday and Sunday evening and ordered people out of their homesteads before the torched the huts.

The attackers also injured four people two of whom have been identified as George Okema (50) and Fred Okot (30). They were shot with bows and arrows and are currently receiving treatment in different health facilities within the Amuru district.

Pak Apaka and Rwot Aromo villages is home to about 250 households seeking safe havens following recurrent armed attacks. Richard Amone, one of those who escaped Rwot Oromo through the bushes, narrates that the attackers came along with two white men who were taking pictures as the others wreaked havoc.  

//Cue in: ‘’ikine ka cawa…  

Cue out: …aceto ace aloyo.’’//   

Richard Okullu, another victim from Rwot Oromo Camp, says that attackers ordered them to vacate the area as they torched their homesteads.

//Cue in: ‘’wan watye I…  

Cue out: …ka time ikinwa.’’//   

Okullu, who lost two motorcycles, a solar panel and television screen, and three bicycles to the attackers, says that the motive of the attackers remains unclear.   

Lucy Acaa, whose husband was injured in the attack. says that the attackers stormed the area around mid-day until late. She has taken refuge at Apaa Trading Center while other residents are in Oyanga trading Center.

//Cue in: ‘’tin gin mutime…

Cue out: …ki lutino peke.’’//   

Francis Okello, another victim told URN that the attackers also looted several household items.   

//Cue in: ‘’jimi mubale ki…  

Cue out: …I million 30.’’//   

Ignatius Dragudu, the Police Spokesperson for Greater Madi Area comprising Adjumani, Yumbe, and Obongi districts confirmed receiving reports about the attacks, saying that they were yet to identify and apprehend the suspects.  

//Cue in: ‘’the police have…  

Cue out: …those suspects.’’//   

Santos Okot, an activist in Amuru district has decried the recurrent attacks in Apaa and urged the government and stakeholders to expedite the processes of restoring peace and normalcy in the area.

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