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Nabwal Road Re-opening Excites Karamoja IDPs :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nabwal Road Re-opening Excites Karamoja IDPs

The more than 10, 000 internally displaced Karimojong living in Nabwal Settlement Camp in Iriiri Sub County, Napak district have welcomed the rehabilitation and opening of the Iriiri-Napak road saying it has brought back life to them.

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The more than 10, 000 internally displaced Karimojong living in Nabwal Settlement Camp in Iriiri Sub County, Napak district have welcomed the rehabilitation and opening of the Iriiri-Napak road saying it has brought back life to them.

The only main road that connects Nabwal Settlement to other areas in Napak and Nakapiripirit districts through Nabilatuk was closed for the past two years due to its bad shape.

Joseph Lomonyang, the Napak District LC 5 chairman told Uganda Radio Network on Friday that the road to Nabwal settlement was only marginally used during the dry season and often impassible during rainy season.

He says since the road was almost abandoned it posed serious risks of violence, particularly residents being robbed of their produce when walking during market days. He said this had also limited access to markets and hindered opportunities to receive goods and services in the settlement camp.

Lomonyang noted that this had a significant impact on the incomes and livelihoods of the community in Nabwal settlement most of who are the Karimojong, who were repatriated from various streets of Kampala and Jinja among others. He said the residents were finding it hard to reach other trading centers.

The 21.4km road rehabilitation was funded by the German Development Cooperation-GIZ.

Kizito Lemukol, a resident of Nabwal Settlement camp was considering taking his children back to beg on the streets of Kampala due to what he called lack of government support for the displaced people in the area. But he is now optimistic that government will send relief items since there is easy access to the camp.

He is however happy that the road has been opened noted that since the road was re-opened last month, humanitarian agencies like World Food Programs, Uganda Red Cross Society and others have started visiting the camp to register those in dire need of relief assistance.

Another resident, Paul Oryangmoe says he is optimistic that they will now have access to medical services from humanitarian agencies and that it will increase security for residents as UPDF soldiers are now able to patrol the road adding.

Karamoja region is characterized by very poor road network coupled with the unusual heavy downpour that started in May this year to date.

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