A host community member suspected of stealing two hoes in Eden Zone was beaten to death. His relatives retaliated by burning down two houses and preparing to take revenge on refugees.  
Occurred in Eden zone Rhino Camp, Uganda on June 6, 2020, at 10:00 AM
Reported by JJ via SMS on June 10, 2020, at 2:05 PM in Angulupi, Uganda
Also heard by 7 other(s)

This rumour is confirmed true and is of high priority – here's why:
The incident happened on the night of Thursday, 4 June 2020 at 1:00 AM when thieves who, according to local sources, are members of the host community broke into the house of a refugee in Eden 1 cluster. After the owner of the house realized the action he tried to intercept the thieves but they noticed the move and escaped. He then raised an alarm for help and one of the suspects was later apprehended with help of some youths from the nearby village (Eden 6). They brutally murdered the thief and dumped his body in a nearby swamp, according to information from the zonal chairperson. The following day, the police visited the crime scene, investigated, and arrested the owner of the house and some of the perpetrators. The victims were taken to Madi-Okollo District Police Station. The murder of the suspect led host community to become furious with the refugees and threaten to retaliate.

Due to the tensions, some refugees from Eden escaped and could not stay and sleep at their respective homes for fear of being burned inside their houses. Some members from the host community reacted by burning to the ground buildings belonging to suspected murderers. These acts and others threats created more fear for the refugees. In an attempt to calm the situation, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) responded by deploying police on the ground. This move helped to normalize the situation by discouraging the angry host members who had already started robbing the properties of some refugees. According to the zonal chairperson, refugees have been reporting frequent thefts with both public and private properties, such as solar lamps installed by humanitarian organizations, being stolen. Such routine incidents could have brought anger into the hearts of some refugees, thus making such an incident more likely. This incident has widened the gap between the refugees and the host communities but the situation has been brought under control for now.

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Location Reported by Via Date
Angulupi, Uganda JJ SMS 10-Jun-2020 @ 2:05 PM
Yumbe, Uganda JJ SMS 9-Jun-2020 @ 2:25 PM
Odobu, Uganda JJ Voice / telephone 8-Jun-2020 @ 3:30 PM
Ofua 5, Uganda JJ Walk-in / in person 8-Jun-2020 @ 12:25 PM
Ariaze, Uganda JJ Walk-in / in person 8-Jun-2020 @ 9:30 AM
Imvepi, Uganda JJ SMS 7-Jun-2020 @ 10:30 AM
Arua, Uganda JJ Voice / telephone 7-Jun-2020 @ 9:05 AM
Ofua 3, Uganda anonymous SMS 6-Jun-2020 @ 10:01 AM
June 15, 2020 | 4:39 AM | JJ
MODERATOR According to an eye witness it was exactly 11:00 pm that faithful night when he heard people screaming at the neighborhood for about an hour. The following morning, his colleague whom they work with in the garden found a body laying there then called him so they informed the RWC1 Chairperson of the area , who later on informed the police.

June 6, 2020 | 3:11 AM | anonymous
MODERATOR This morning I spoke to a contact in Eden refugees settlement, he said, “hoes that belong to a refugee were lost or stolen by a man suspected to be from the host community, conflict quickly erupted and one suspect (host Community) was bitten to death and two houses that belong to the owner of the lost hoes were set ablaze in retaliation by host community”