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Hopes of Finding Abducted Ugandan Fishermen Fade

The fishermen only identified as Okello, Jawia, Onen and Osaga were abducted on 31 October 2019. They had gone out to fish on Lake Albert when they were attacked by suspected militiamen who then crossed with them to the DR Congo together with their fishing gear including a boat, engine and 16 sets of fishing nets.
Fishermen on Lake Albert waters near Tonya landing site in Hoima district.

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Hopes of finding four Ugandan fishermen who were last year abducted by suspected Congolese Militiamen are fading.  

The fishermen only identified as Okello, Jawia, Onen and Osaga were abducted on 31 October 2019.

They had gone out to fish on Lake Albert when they were attacked by suspected militiamen who then crossed with them to the Congo together with their fishing gear including a boat, engine and 16 sets of fishing nets. 

 Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says since November attempts by security operatives to trace for the abducted fishermen have failed.

According to Hakiza, relatives of the abducted fishermen have lost hope.

 //cue in:” We cannot… 

 Cue out…a true kidnap.”//.  

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up on Lake Albert in the Albertine Graben to prevent further attacks on Fishermen by suspected Congolese Militiamen.

Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC says both the Uganda Peoples Defense forces-UPDF Soldiers and the Uganda police have been deployed both on the lake and along the shores to ensure that no any other attack occurs on the lake. 

 //cue in:” We have even…

 Cue out:…on our people.”//.  

Attacks on Ugandan fishermen by suspected armed Congolese have been common since last year.

The latest attacks occurred on Sunday when the suspected militiamen raided the lake and robbed 10 boat Engines near Sebigoro landing site in Kabwoya Sub County and Runga landing site Kigorobya Sub County, in Kikuube and Hoima District. 



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