Over 500 people stranded after Karamojong attack in Katakwi

The IDPs are currently surviving on support from the host community in Ongongoja village, where they have taken refuge.

The house that was burnt down during the raid on 12th May, 2020.

A total of 570 people from 95 households have taken refuge in Ongongoja primary School, in Katakwi district of north eastern Uganda, after a raid by Karamojong that occurred on Tuesday 11th May, 2020. 

The Internally Displaced Persons [IDPs] are from the villages of Okameta, Oburatum and Akou-Etom, all found along the borderline sub counties of Ongongoja in Katakwi and Poron in Napak district. 

Aica has also learnt that five people are hospitalised in Soroti regional Referral Hospital after sustaining severe injuries during the night of the attack. 

The hospitalised are Simon Olupot [in critical condition], Joseph Okolimo, Busiberito Ocan, Joseph Malinga and Buruno Balaba, who are all residents from the affected villages. 

The Katakwi district administration held a meeting with the IDPs yesterday [Thursday 14th May, 2020], chaired by the District Deputy RDC, Vincent Enomu, and a number of issues were raised by the affected. 

The displaced people in a meeting chaired by Deputy RDC, Vincent Enomu.

The displaced persons pointed fingers at the leadership of Napak administration for being the influencers of attacks and requested government to immediately deploy troops along the border. 

“We do not sleep in our houses for fear of Karamojong attackers,” stressed Joseph Etinu, an IDP from Okameta village. 

Etinu added that, they [the affected] are always defeated because the attackers are armed with ammunition. 

Three houses that belong to Stephen Elukut, Michael Okolimo and Gabriel Ogwang were burnt down during the raid and animals and property, including crops in the gardens were destroyed by the attackers. 


The IDPs are currently surviving on support from the host community in Ongongoja village, where they have taken refuge. 

On Wednesday, Palu Ongoet, a whistle-blower and an activist in the district, took support of salt and soap for the 95 households, meanwhile waiting for government’s response. 

“This is unfortunate; I urge you to continue staying strong as Ateker [Community],” said Ongoet while delivering his support. 

The Katakwi district Woman MP, Akurut Violet Adome, told Aica that they as leaders have called upon the Office of the Prime Minister to allocate an immediate support in form of food and non-food items for the displaced persons. 

“We have asked the UPDF to deploy immediately to rescue the situation. The OPM will deliver food for the victims as soon as possible,” said Akurut. 

The MP also added that: “this issue will be raised on the floor of Parliament next week for medium- and long-term solutions for the continued atrocities carried out by Karamojongs.” 

Speculations are that the conflict is as a result of contest for the border line. 

The contested land is between Ongongoja sub county in Katakwi and the newly created Poro sub county in Napak district. 

Also read: Teso- Karamoja colonial border maps retrieved from London 

Walter Elakas Okiring, the LCV Chairman for Katakwi, told Aica that, there is going to be a Security meeting on Tuesday next week [May 19th, 2020] to help arrive at a common solution. 

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Media and a two time winner of the Media Challenge Awards (The best feature story writer- 2018 and the best Climate Change Photography Award- 2019). He has a bachelors degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University. He is also an alumni for; British Council Future News Worldwide Fellowship- 2020, Climate Tracker Energy Reporting Fellowship- 2020, InfoNile- Code for Africa Data Journalism Fellowship- 2020, the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2019 and British Council East Africa and Africa Writers Trust Master Class in Creative Writing- 2019. Omuya has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism, broadcast media and youth participatory radio, content development, and public relations. He is very much interested in sustainable development communication.

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