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Anger as Rain Exhumes Human Remains

Residents of Bar Onger Parish in Railways division in Lira Municipality are demanding urgent response from the authorities following a heavy down pour that was scattered human remains in their gardens.
Residents of Bar Onger Parish in Railways division in Lira Municipality are demanding urgent response from the authorities following a heavy down pour that was scattered human remains in their gardens. 

 

Solomon Achar, a resident says the human remains were washed to his garden neighboring from the cemetery following the two day's down pour. According to Achar, at first he thought the bones were from the remains of animals slaughtered in the nearby abattoir but his fears worsened when he smelt a heavy stench accompanied by blue flies from his garden.

 

Achar says they decided to check out what was happening only to discover open graves in the cemetery. Joseph Odong, another resident, says he saw stray dogs feasting on some of the human remains that were scattered as far as fifty meters from the cemetery to his compound.

 

Odong fears this could expose residents to a health risk. He attributes the mess on the congested burial ground and the shallow graves used to bury the remains that can't withstand erosion. 

Veve Ogwang, the Mayor Lira Municipality, says they anticipated the abnormality owing to the full capacity of the cemetery that was established in 1947.

 

 

He says the municipality has resolved to relocate the cemetery to Agel Village in Akalo Parish on a Seven acres piece of land given the magnitude of the problem.

He calls for patience from the residents and the municipality plans to transfer the bodies from the shallow graves to the new site before the year ends.

 

According to Ogwang, the new burial ground can accommodate more than 2000 graves on top of hundreds of remains that will be exhumed from the old site.

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