ADF Survivors Ask Government for Financial Support

Two people who were shot in last year’s attack by the rebel Allied Democratic Forces –ADF in Ntoroko District have cried for financial assistance from the government to help settle their medical bills. The two were injured when about 50 ADF rebels crossed River Semliki into Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo on December 13, 2022, and attacked Kyobe, Kayanja, and Kyappa villages in Bweramule Sub-county Ntoroko district.

The ADF rebels killed two civilians and injured three others. Arkwright Musana was shot in the stomach as he tried to help his family members flee from the attack while Robert Mike was shot in the left jaw when the rebels raided his house. After the ADF attack, Musana was rushed to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital for treatment but days later he was referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further management.   

While speaking to URN, his sister, Jenifer Kabasemeza said that they didn’t even have money to transport the patient to Mulago National Referral Hospital until well-wishers came to their help. She explains that when they reached Mulago Hospital, the costs increased and she had to borrow Shillings 5 million from a bank to cater for her brother.    

Musana says that most of this money was used to buy medicine and other sundries for his treatment. He adds that even the Shillings 5 million was not enough because he still has to buy drugs on a daily basis, which is now a burden to him and his family.  He has appealed to the government and other well-wishers to come to his rescue and give him financial support to help him settle the loan and support his family.   

He says he was the breadwinner of his family but with the gunshot injuries, he is now unable to cater to his family’s needs.  On the other hand, Robert Mike who was shot in the jaw says that after the attack, he was admitted to Fort Portal Referral Hospital but was discharged after a few days. He explains that after being discharged, his condition deteriorated and he was admitted to a private medical facility in the Ntoroko district.  

He says that his medical bill has accumulated to Shillings one million at the facility. He explains that although a local Non-Governmental Organization helped him to pay some of the money, he has remained with a debt of 450,000 shillings, which he has failed to pay off.  He says that he has been receiving some little resources from relatives and friends but these cannot help him pay off the medical bill or sustain him for long and thus appeals to the government for support.   

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