Water Crisis Hits Barlonyo Memorial Site

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Tom Agwa, the Barlonyo B village LCI Chairperson says that more than 5,000 residents in the area lack water. He says that the residents fetch water from the only borehole which also constantly breaks down and is shared with five schools.

More than 5,000 residents of Barlonyo B Village in Lira District are struggling to access water.

This follows the breakdown of solar panels which were used for pumping piped water to the residents. The solar panels were installed by the Rotary Club in 2017.

Tom Agwa, the Barlonyo B village LCI Chairperson says that more than 5,000 residents in the area lack water. He says that the residents fetch water from the only borehole which also constantly breaks down and is shared with five schools.

He wants the government to repair the solar powered water pump or drill more boreholes in the area.

Merry Apio, 53, a mother of seven children says she only fetches water at night since during day the borehole is crowded. She says the water shortage has forced them to fetch water from dirty swamps.

Simon Odyek says that said attempts to raise the money to repair the pump have failed since it requires about five million shillings.

Moses Ogwang, the chairperson of the memorial site says a huge number of residents often fetch water from unprotected water sources in the area.

Ogwang wants the district authorities to consider drilling more boreholes in the area.

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Barlonyo memorial site is located 28 kilometres north of Lira town in northern Uganda. The memorial site was built at the spot where the Lord's Resistance Army attacked a camp for the displaced people and killed at least 300 civilians.  All the victims were buried in a mass grave at Barlonyo.

On Friday, the Tourism and Wildlife Minister Professor Ephraim Kamuntu said that the site will be developed and promoted as a tourist attraction in memory of the victims of the horrendous massacre.

According to Kamuntu, the actual work to turn and promote Barlonyo into a tourism site may start in the next financial year.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.