Conflict, Uganda

My Karamoja disarmament dilema story in The Independent

Of recent Matany Hospital has seen a reduction in the number of patients seeking treatment for bullet wounds and the Medical Superintendent believes it signifies a reduction in the number of violent encounters either inter-tribe or between the Karimojong and UPDF.

Between 2006 and 2007, the hospital treated about 200 people with war wounds and these were probably just a few of those who survived in the fighting.

A Karimojong man injured during a raids lies on a hospital bed in Moroto.

A Karimojong man injured during a raids lies on a hospital bed in Moroto. violent clashes have reduced in recent months. Rosebell Kagumire photo.

“Most of them would actually come when wounds are already rotting, about a week after they were shot,” said a doctor at the hospital, “The hospital currently admits about 12 gunshot wounded people per month but the past data shows that before the forced disarmament started, for every two days two wounded people would be admitted.”

The read the story go to:

http://www.independent.co.ug/index.php/reports/world-report/74-world-report-/1239-army-disarms-karamoja-warriors-find-new-guns

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