Apaa Shooting Victims Discharged

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Two of the victims, Felix Opiyo and Jacob Okumu had their hands amputated after they were allegedly shot at. They now start life with the disability.

Victims of the Amuru-Adjumani districts boundary dispute who were reportedly shot during a protest early this month have been discharged from St. Mary's Hospital, Lacor.
Felix Opiyo, 26, and Jacob Okumu whose hands were amputated, are among the five who were discharged over the weekend.
Opiyo told URN that although he has been discharged, he is still nursing some body pain. He however says the medical officers discharged him so that he starts adjusting to life after undergoing amputation.
After his right hand was amputated, Opiyo says life is already challenging. He however promises to concentrate on his farm work.
Others who were discharged are Bazil Olweny, 29, Dorcus Aluu and Ochen Lamagi. These had all been admitted with injuries after clashes when residents protested the demarcation of the boundary.
Lacor Hospital Director, Dr. Cyprian Opira told URN on phone that the patients had been discharged but he could not give a full report about their condition because he was out of hospital. Other medical officers at the hospital refused to speak to us about these patients.
Meanwhile, the 35 people who were arrested in Amuru district in relation to the Apaa boundary demarcation are scheduled to appear on Friday for bail application. The Monday court session was not held after Amuru Grade One Magistrate, Edward Okot failed to come for the scheduled for hearing.
The suspects were arrested for allegedly causing chaos during the demarcation exercise of the boundary between Amuru and Adjumani. Police accuses them of unlawfully assembling to protest the erecting of mark stones by government surveyors, while some are accused of vandalizing Zoka and Korobi bridges.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.