Alice Adokorach, a mother of five who left her parents’ home at a tender age says her relationship has deprived her of happiness, by a partner who was addicted to his beer and to the rod. She endured punches and beatings, almost on a daily basis, scars of which remain visible on her body today.
A 28-year-old woman in Nwoya District is tormented by scars of the
agony arising from a decade of brutality meted on her by her partner.
Adokorach, a mother of five who left her parents’ home at a tender age
says her relationship has deprived her of happiness, by a partner who
was addicted to his beer and to the rod. She endured punches and
beatings, almost on a daily basis, scars of which remain visible on her
told URN in an interview from her home at Patira parish in Purongo Sub-County
that her husband, Morris Opira inflicted unimaginable pain on her. In
his latest sequence of violence, Adokorach disclosed that Opira fought and bit her
third digit after she failed to give him money for upkeep.
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says she fears reporting the matter to higher
authorities because this could put her life in danger. But she says she
has sought medication and counselling services from an elderly woman, Florence
Alaroker, a paralegal in
the area trained by Action Aid Uganda, a not for profit organization
that builds the capacity of rural women.
Alaroker said the training skills she acquired in mediating on land
conflict, child protection and other domestic-related fights have enabled her to
counsel many couples entangled in domestic fracas.
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Alaroker encouraged women facing intimate partner violence which impacts negatively on health,
economic and development outcomes especially in post-conflict Acholi sub
region to always speak out and come out of such painful experiences.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson says cases of domestic violence
in Acholi sub-region are on the increase this year compared to the previous
years. Between March to date, a total of over 1,230 cases of domestic violence
were reported to police in the eight districts of Acholi sub-region.
These cases within the past eight months have surpassed
the cases recorded in the region in 2019, according to the Police Annual Crime
Report of 2019. At least 1,131 cases of domestic violence were recorded
according to the police annual crime report for the region.
to Okema, only 191 out of the reported cases domestic-related violence
were fully investigated by the police and the perpetrators taken to
court. Of the investigated cases in which men are the leading
perpetrators, he said only seven were successfully convicted and
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.