At least 178
people were killed in the eight districts of Acholi region in 2020, the highest
deaths recorded in a single year. Of those, 18 included juveniles.
compiled by URN on the basis of data shared by Aswa Region Police for a period
spanning 12-months, the major cause of the deaths included suicide with a record
87 deaths, murders by shooting and domestic violence collectively resulting in 48
deaths and road accidents which accounted for 28 deaths.
Other causes included drowning which accounted for 7 deaths
and sudden deaths where eight victims were either discovered dead in the bush
or in their houses. Patrick
Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says that their findings
discovered that most suicide deaths were linked to domestic violence and poverty.
"It is also...
January and October, 2020, Gulu Sheffield Mental Health project in
collaboration with Gulu Regional Referral Hospital had documented up to 80
suicide deaths. Freddy Odong, the Project Manager told URN that the cases could
region is also witnessing increased cases of murder because of the desire to
take laws into own hands instead of exploring established legal mechanisms like
police and the courts of law to resolve grievances.
Area leaders have attributed the increasing road fatalities
to careless driving and riding along highways without regard to traffic and
road safety rules.
The Police annual
crime report of 2019 ranked Aswa, the region with the highest cases of Domestic
violence with 1,131 cases. The region is also 4th in homicide rates at 287
cases in the country.