- Since January 13, she has been undergoing treatment at the hospital and has now recovered
- In 1973, a group of Muslims over turned at the same spot, which has now been nick-named Ovuru Nubi
- The over 30 Muslims perished when their lorry overturned as they traveled for annual celebration in Panyimur
By Okaba Patrick
Pakwach- The nine-month-old baby who lost the mother in an accident has been re-united with her father.
The baby survived the January 13 but lost the mother in the process.
The two were separated by death when her mother, Mr Rita Ayaka, perished in the nasty accident on Panyimur road that killed 20 traders as they headed for Panyimur market.
The baby girl is living a healthy life after the accident and she was among the people rescued by the business community of Panyimur.
According to the rescuers, baby Happy Letasi Salome was found stuck under the lorry at the time the accident and sustained minor injury on her head, but was later taken to Angal for medical attention.
The father of the baby, Moses Onzivua from Arua district says he was shocked when he heard about the death of his wife Ritta Ayaka because she was the bread winner at home.
“My child survived because of the mercy of God. But I don’t know whether I will get another hard-working woman like the mother of this baby. The child is feeding well and there are no worries and the only challenge with the child is when she hears banging sounds, she starts crying because of the accident trauma.”
The police said the truck that lost control at the black spot, overturned several times on the steep slope.
The chairman business community Panyimur, Mr Paul Kinobe, said the business community picked the nine-months -old baby girl at the accident scene when the mother was confirmed dead.
“After no one identified the mother, the business community took control to ensure the life of the baby was saved. We took her to Angal hospital and had to care for her for all the days. This is a miraculous baby,” he said.
Fr Alfred Agwokotho, who held prayers at the accident scene, said people should always put God in everything they are doing. He discouraged business men against transacting businesses on Sunday because Biblically, Sunday was dedicated to worship God.
He adds that every January 13, there will be mass to remember and pray for the souls of departed. The clan chief of Kwonga Panyimur, Mr Charles Ombidi, urged the government to consider tarmacking black spot and erect road signs to avoid further accident.