Displaced Apaa Residents Receive Tents

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On Wednesday evening, UN Human Rights and other humanitarian agencies provided the affected residents with tarpaulins to sleep in. A source in the UN Human Rights offices told URN on condition of anonymity that they had provided the residents with blue tents in which they will live for the coming days.

Displaced residents from the disputed Apaa Township along the Amuru-Adjumani border have received tarpaulins for shelter.  The displaced persons arrived at the UN Human Rights offices in Gulu Town on Wednesday morning and pitched camp in the compound.
 
They claimed that they were fleeing from human rights violations and torture by government agencies comprising of the police, army, Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forestry Authority.

 
On Wednesday evening, UN Human Rights and other humanitarian agencies provided the affected residents with tarpaulins to sleep in. A source in the UN Human Rights offices told URN on condition of anonymity that they had provided the residents with blue tents in which they will live for the coming days.
 

It is the first time the affected residents are entering a UN compound since evictions on the disputed land began in 2012. Most times, they took refuge in schools and trading centers in the area.
 
This time, they say most of those institutions have been destroyed by those behind the rampant evictions. Moses Ouma, one of the displaced residents, says unidentified persons raid the villages and torch homesteads.
 
 
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Florence Anyeko, another victim, says the communities in Apaa live in fear with lots of uncertainty since the eviction strike without notice. She says the area has been left without basic services such as health care and proper education.


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Anthony Akol, the Kilak North Member of Parliament, says they are firmly behind the residents staying at the UN compound until their plight is addressed by government.