Franco Ojok, a resident of Rom Village in Koro Sub County said that they draw water for drinking and domestic uses from Ali, Abac, Otim Lagina unprotected springs due to absence of a borehole in the area.
Omoro district is seeking for shillings 1.9 billion for
the repair of 203 nonfunctional boreholes.
The broken boreholes are mainly in Koro, Lakwana, Odek, Lalogi, Orapwoyo
and Tochi Sub counties among others.
The district officials say some of them broke down four years ago and have
never been repaired leaving residents having shortage of clean water.
Francis Watdok Awori, the Omoro district secretary for
works and technical services disclosed to URN on Thursday that the district has 500 boreholes serving at least 17,000 people.
He cried that the district is cash strapped and cannot repair
the boreholes since it receives only 400 million shillings from the Water
Sector Grant but this is not enough to repair the boreholes.
Awori says currently members in the affected communities
get water for both drinking and domestic use from shallow wells, springs,
swamps and through rain water harvesting.
Douglas Peter Okello, the Omoro district chairperson
told URN that last week the district wrote to the Ministry of Water and Environment
requesting for money to help repair the broken boreholes.
According to Okello, some of the boreholes were
constructed many years ago by aid agencies during the Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) war with the government.
Franco Ojok, a resident of Rom Village in Koro Sub
County said that they draw water for drinking and domestic use from Ali, Abac,
Otim Lagina and unprotected springs due to absence of a borehole in the area.
He explained that often the water sources also run dry
during dry seasons leaving them helpless.
A report from the district shows that access to clean
water stands at 67% which is still below the national level of 75%.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc