Mysterious Fire Forces 40 Families to Flee Homes

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40 Families in Dog Apiyo Village in Aciaba Sub County in Oyam district have fled their homes in a mysterious fire attack that burnt all their houses.

40 Families in Dog Apiyo Village in Aciaba Sub County, Oyam district have fled their homes following a mysterious fire burnt all their houses. Many are spending cold nights under trees, guarded by the police.

The authorities in Oyam, say they are investigating the fire that has been linked to witchcraft. 

Residents say the fire breaks out from one hut and quickly spreads to other huts.

Okello Engola, the Oyam LCV Chairperson, says the families are living in “extreme hardships” without food, cooking utensils, medicines and blankets.

Okello says the fire was brought to his attention last week. 

On Monday, more than 30 huts were torched in mysterious ways.

Speaking to this reporter on phone from the Ministry of disaster preparedness, Engola said the Minister expressed sympathy and pledged to send relief services to the affected families.

He said authorities are baffled by the fire.

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