Families in Nwoya district whose livelihoods have been devastated by stray
elephants have asked the Government for food aid and treatment for victims of
wild animal attacks.
This follows intensified attacks by the marauding elephants in Koch Lii;
Kochgoma, Purongo, Anaka, and Got-Apwoyo Sub-Counties that border Murchison
Falls National Park. The elephants have killed 15 people and left dozens stranded with life-threatening
injuries that require specialized treatment. Denis Komakech, 15, a pupil of St.
Peter’s Bwobo-nam Primary School has been bedridden since 23 October 2021
after being attacked by the elephants.
father, James Opiro, 59, a resident of Got-Onyang village, Koch Lii sub-County
says he is now financially constrained after spending more than 1 Million Shillings
to treat the boy yet his condition is not improving. Komakech sustained
debilitating injuries on his head, chest, and back.
//Cue in: “An Lyec owano….
Cue out…cogo ma mega,”//
Jackson Odyeny, a resident of Cegge village, Langelle Parish was in August
attacked by an elephant that was dispersed by game rangers and hid behind a
hut. Odyeny says that the elephant
grabbed and swung him several times before hitting him on the ground. Odyeny
says his condition deteriorated since and he requires specialized medical
attention yet he is financially constrained.
in “Nino dwe 3….
Cue out…atye imon aryo,”//
Jalon Lakony Oduk, 38, a resident of Pakawera village, Langelle Central Parish
says that the elephants grazed on community gardens and they attempted to
assess the extent of the damage, a group of elephants assaulted him tearing his
//Cue in: “Obedo odiko cawa….
Cue out…atye katamo rac
The affected residents through their Members of Parliament petitioned the
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Martin Mugarra Bahinduka,
to urgently rescue them before they languish in poverty and the injuries they
shared a compilation of 3,014 acres of crops such as soybeans, maize,
groundnuts, sesame, beans, millet, cassava, potatoes, and rice that have been
ravaged by the wild beasts since the beginning of the year, threatening
livelihoods and food security in the area.
requested more time to table his findings to the Minister for appropriate intervention
to the affected families and the entire communities affected by the invasion of