Village Records 7 Suicides in One Year

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Obina's is the seventh suicide case in the sub-county. In October last year, elders in the area performed a cleansing ceremony with intention to exorcize the evil spirits after six people including four women committed suicide in just a space of one week.

George William Obina, the Chairperson of Koch Goma Sub County Land Committee, has hung himself.
 
Obina's body was discovered on Tuesday after he went missing from his home on Monday.
 
The 58-year-old Obina had reportedly attempted to commit suicide earlier this month. Police say Obina's suicide attempt by ingesting an agro-chemical substance was foiled by family members who came upon him in time then. 
 
Obina is from Lapem village, Koch Amar Parish in Nwoya district.
 
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident and described it as sad.
 
Police say a suicide note was found on Obina's body. Okema says that Obina complained of an unhappy marriage in his suicide note.
 
Police say that before committing suicide, Obina had also called one of his brothers and asked him to pick up his body and accord it a decent burial.
 
Obina's is the seventh suicide case in the sub-county. In October last year, elders in the area performed a cleansing ceremony with intention to exorcize the evil spirits after six people including four women committed suicide in just a space of one week.

Celestino Acellam, one of the elders attributed the high cases of suicide in Acholi sub region to the after effects of the protracted Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) war with the Ugandan government.
 
But Professor Emilio Ovuga, who is a psychiatrist at the Faculty Medicine Gulu University, attributed the rising cases of suicide in the region the post war traumatic stress.
 
Professor Ovuga notes that the violent war between the government and the LRA has taken toll on the population in the region.
 
He explains that this has led to trauma as a result of what the people experienced during the war. 
 
Professor Ovuga calls on the government to decriminalize suicide and emphasized that people who attempt to commit suicide must be assessed to ascertain the nature of their psychiatric problem. If they are found unfit, they should be rehabilitated and re-integrated into society.
 
The latest reports show that over 100 people in the Acholi sub-region have committed suicide since the year started with 30 in Gulu district in Koro Sub County alone.