More than 600 households in Lagak Village in Pabbo Town Town
Council, Amuru district are battling an acute water shortage.
This follows the breakdown of the only borehole in the area
four months yet it was the main source of clean water for the residents.
The residents say that their constant plight to the Pabbo
Town Council officials to repair the broken borehole have since landed on deaf
ears forcing them to turn to feasting on water from unprotected wells and
Lucy Akello, a resident of the area, told URN that her
household has turned to drawing water from Baupi stream, much of which is also
unsafe for human consumption.
Akello urged the local leaders in the area to convene a
community meeting and task all households to contribute money towards repairing
the borehole in order to rescue the situation.
Sisto Adong, another resident, told URN on Saturday that
sometimes she treks more than three kilometers to fetch drinking water from a
borehole in the neighboring village.
Adong who equally often drinks water from Baupi stream said
it is unhealthy because it is also shared with animals in the area.
Robert Donansiano Otim, a clan leader in the area appealed
with the district leaders to consider repairing the borehole to stop jeopardizing the health of the people.
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are drinking water from well which not clean and also shared with animals, so
we have clean water source here since it broke down.’’
Deogratius Okello, the LCIII Councilor for Central Ward
where the borehole is located admitted to the problems and said that they were
yet to assess the magnitude of the damage for possible repair or still find
better alternatives to provide clean water for the residents.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc