BY ROBERT ATIKU

MARACHA : Victims of a mysterious fire that burns houses in Bataka village, Tara subcounty, Maracha district have received emergency support.
Organizations including Vision for Humanity, Uganda Red Cross Society, Rotary International, Technology for Development among others delivered the aid to the victims last Saturday.

Mr. Sunday Asau the Executive Director Vision for Humanity said, “The needs assessment revealed that these people (victims) lost their food and other household property. Since they are sleeping out side we organized Mosquito nets, cooking pots, plates, cups, clothes and some food. Our focus right now is on these emergency needs so that we can slowly prepare for humanitarian activities.”

People of good will and other humanitarian organisations have also collected at least shs 1.4m to support the affected families.

Since late November last year, over 90 members of a homestead in this (Bataka) village sleep out side after mysterious fire burns all their grass thatched houses.

There is also Spiritual and Psychosocial support offered to the victims led by intercessors from St Phillips church of Uganda Arua.

While leading a family mass at the affected homestead on Saturday, Fr. Jino Adroni the Parish Priest Tara Sub Parish has asked the victims to use prayers as a weapon to fight the mysterious inferno.
“The nature of the burning gave us a clue that this is just an act of witchcraft. Some small powers are trying to disturb human beings. These powers are much less than the power of God. If we are in unity with our God, these powers which appear to shake people will go.” Fr. Jino said.

Mr. Biajo Abadrile the LC3 Chairperson of Tara subcounty thanked the various organizations for the support they offered.
“I really thank the agencies that have given some relief aid for the affected communities in Bataka village. This has opened our eyes as local governments and as individuals so that we begin to see how we can support these people. We are aware that local government issues take time to be worked on. But however as a local government we are going to struggle and give some small input to support the affected communities.”

Mr. Patrick Mundua a member of the affected families said, “I in a very special way want thank for this support. And I am appealing to other organizations and government officials to do the same. However I want to appeal to all those who received the support not to take any of these things for sale.”

The mysterious fire has so far burnt 21 houses but the cause has to date remained unknown.

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