Gulu Records 22 Suicide Cases In One Month

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Records from Gulu Regional Police Headquarters indicate that a total of 22 people committed suicide in October alone.

Police in Gulu is alarmed over the high number of people who are committing suicide.

Records from Gulu Regional Police Headquarters indicate that a total of 22 people committed suicide in October alone.

The worst affected Sub-county is Koro where 15 people committed suicide.

Santos Uhuru, the LC3 Chairperson for Koro Sub-county, blames the increase in suicide cases on social trauma. He explains that many people have been affected by war waged by  Lord’s Resistance Army led Joseph Kony.  

Uhuru says the social disorder left by the war makes some people prefer to end their lives with the hope of escaping from misery.

He says the local leaders in the area are now seeking for psycho-social support to help victims of trauma.

Uhuru says as part of their efforts, they contacted Acholi Religious Peace Initiative who held prayers in the Sub-county on Thursday. He says the prayers were aimed at restoring hope among the people who are facing social trauma.

He says the local leaders are also consulting clan elders to intervene and help in offering counselling services to their kinsmen.

The police attribute the rising cases of suicide to poverty.

Johnson Kilama, the Northern Uganda Police Spokesperson, attributes the high suicide rate to biting poverty affecting the people. He says the victims first engage in drinking before committing suicide.

He says police has now embarked on sensitization drive to try and discourage people from commiting suicide.