Missing Child Found Dead In Septic Tank

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Police in Kitgum district on Thursday morning recovered the body of a seven year old boy in a septic pit, a day after he went missing in Ayul B sub ward, Kitgum Town Council.

Police in Kitgum district on Thursday morning recovered the body of a seven year old boy in a septic pit, a day after he went missing in Ayul B sub ward, Kitgum Town Council.
 
Richard Oyet, the father of Ivan Gum-Pe-Rom, the deceased boy, says his son went missing at about noon on Wednesday. He says they returned home to pray for his safe return in the evening after searching the neighborhoods in vain.
 
Another fresh search that ensued early on Thursday morning found the boy floating in the unprotected septic tank dead.
 
Jackson Baryampika, the Officer in Charge Kitgum Central Police Station, says detectives retrieved the body for postmortem without making any arrests.
 
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Police has not yet ruled out foul play. Baryampika says the case is the second that Police responded to today. The other he says is of a foetus suspected to have been aborted and dumped in River Pager. No arrest has been made regarding the suspected abortion.
 
Margaret Adongkare, the Police officer in charge of Kitgum Child and Family Protection Unit, says child-related offenses are on the increase in the district. She says in the month of September, police recorded up to six cases of child desertion in Kitgum Town Council alone.
 
The figure is an increase from three in August, Adongkare explained. Baryampika says Police has responded by launching community policing to sensitize the public to protect children.
 
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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.