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Pictorial: A Close Look at Life, Business in Disputed Apaa Land

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Known to be an area in Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District, UWA rangers under the guidance of the Ministry of Tourism in February 2012 launched an eviction of close to 6,000 locals claiming the area is a gazetted East Madi Wildlife Game Reserve.
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It’s almost a decade since tension broke out in Apaa, an area claimed by Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA, Amuru, and Adjumani District local governments. 

Known to be an area in Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District, UWA rangers under the guidance of the Ministry of Tourism in February 2012 launched an eviction of close to 6,000 locals claiming the area is a gazetted East Madi Wildlife Game Reserve.

In October 2017, the government annexed the land and officially handed it to Adjumani District Local government, a move that sparked off brutal skirmishes between the local communities occupying the area. 

Tension over the land in the past years has resulted in deaths, severe injuries, destruction of household properties, and crops. But despite the skirmishes, Apaa trading centre, known to be one of the commercial centres accessed by both the communities of Acholi and Madi has been picking up in business and development.

Uganda Radio Network- URN visited Apaa trading centre on Wednesday and now brings to you a pictorial update of life in this disputed area.

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