JANUARY 9, 2024 —

Earlier today, Daniel visited Lauben in his home village.  Lauben has been released from the hospital but is going for regular check-ins related to his acid burns.  Doctors are concerned about his liver and kidney function. Lauben was treated for liver issues before he was attacked but recovering from an acid attack has further compromised his organs.

Lauben was attacked by his brother over land ownership issues.  Our research shows that cases like these (family disputes over land ownership) make up approximately 11% of acid attacks in Uganda.

When Daniel visited with Lauben and his family, he learned that, “About the case, everything has stalled since the attackers had run away.  The police are still doing investigations.”  Daniel also spoke to Lauben’s family members about what a law against acid attacks in Uganda would mean to them.  According to Daniel, “Even though it is the brother to Lauben that committed this act, Lauben’s family is willing to put his brother and his accomplice in jail for the rest of his life.  Unfortunately, it might not be possible since our laws are vague.  They want a strong law to curb this.  They want such people to serve long sentences to give an example to others who would wish to do the same.”

Please leave Lauben and his family a message of support below.


DECEMBER 26, 2023 —

“Lauben was released temporarily from the hospital and he is at home right now, though he has got some complications in his stomach.  But I was told that the doctor has attended to him and even dressed him.  He will be back in the hospital on the 28th of this month.”  Daniel explained to us that patients are often released from the hospital over the holidays due to reduced staffing levels.  We will update you as Lauben comes back to the hospital for further treatment.



NOVEMBER 20, 2023 —

Last week, Lauben received surgery to remove the dead skin on his chest.  Daniel received updates from Lauben’s sisters which said, “Lauben’s surgery was successful even if he took long to wake up and he lost a lot of blood which lead him to receive two bottles of blood. After waking up he struggled a bit but he will be ok.”  Daniel told us yesterday that, “Lauben had lost his memory a bit, he was delirious, but he has restored it. He is still in pain but they are giving him medications. Though the medications goes through his penis because that’s the only place left with well veins. The cost of staying in the hospital has gone wild because of different medications his sisters are being ordered to buy.”  Daniel told us that Lauben’s sisters are very grateful for the donations provided by RISE.  Otherwise, they would not be able to afford his treatment.  At this time, they do not need more money because we raised well over our goal of $300 but we will let you know, as it looks like Lauben will be in the hospital for several months.

NOVEMBER 11, 2023 —

From Daniel: “Some updates from Lauben, yesterday and today, the heat has been too much in his body.  On top of that, when the rotten skin got off from his ear, it was stuck with one of the blood vessels.  It left the vessel exposed and he has lost a lot of blood which lead him to collapse.  Unfortunately, during that time, doctors have bene in their meeting which has brought a lot of panic to Lauben’s sisters.  They called me in despair but eventually doctors arrived and calmed the situation.  Right now, he is a bit ok after receiving some treatment.  Continue praying for him.”

NOVEMBER 5, 2023 —

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to support Lauben’s treatment.  Daniel and Julie spent the day with Lauben and his family at the hospital yesterday.  They gave the money you donated to Lauben’s sister, who will be staying with Lauben in the hospital as Daniel and Julie traveled back to Kampala.  Lauben’s sister owns a smart phone and has promised to send us regular updates on Lauben’s condition..

Saturday was a difficult day for Lauben.  According to Daniel, “He is so agitated and the pain seems to be unbearable.  The doctors told us to buy haloperidol injections to calm his head down.”  (Daniel updated us today to let us know that Lauben has been sleeping since they injected him with the haloperidol.)

Daniel also told us, “Thank you all for what you’ve done to help Lauben.  His sisters, however much they are worried, they have become strong knowing that there are thousands of people thinking about them.”

Hear more from Lauben’s sister.

See below for a video from Daniel explaining the next steps for Lauben’s treatment:


NOVEMBER 3, 2023 —

Julie and Daniel traveled to Mbale today to visit Lauben in the hospital.  (According to Daniel, “The first information we got about his name wasn’t correct.  He is called Lauben Katami.”)

Thanks to your donations, Julie and Daniel purchased some medications for Lauben.  Daniel said, “He was severely burnt.  Doctors have already told him that it is going to take four to six months before he will go home.  Truly, it is going to be so hard for his family to cope financially because it’s going to be a long process.  Every day, there are certain types of medications to buy.”  Daniel confirmed with Lauben that it was Lauben’s younger brother and his friend who attacked Lauben with acid.


Daniel told us, “Lauben is a married man with four kids. Lauben owns his small land and he is a peasant farmer while doing small business at that area.  The problem came when his mother passed away a few months ago.  She gave her properties to Lauben’s son, who is 16 years old.  Lauben’s brothers didn’t like it and they started to misbehave.  Lauben tried to sit with them to solve the matter but all attempts were rejected by those brothers until they have done this (acid attack) to him.  Lauben told me that he was telling his brothers there is another land which they could all share but they wouldn’t listen!”

According to Daniel, “Lauben’s sisters are heart broken but they are not so surprised because they have been seeing their young brothers’ behaviors.  Though it’s paining them that it was done by their brothers!  All family members are supporting Lauben and they are very upset about what the younger brother did. They will hand him to authorities once he is found.  And they will testify against him in the court of law.

Read the news article here.


NOVEMBER 1, 2023 —

Daniel contacted us yesterday to let us know that he received calls “from two separate families of people who were recently attacked with acid.  One is from Manafa and another one is Namutumba district.  They heard us from radio stations during our data collection thinking that we could help.  Right now, one is in Mbale Hospital and another one in Iganga Hospital.”  Thus far, Daniel has been able to talk at more length with the family of Francis Katami, a 46 year old man.  Daniel said, “He was attacked on Saturday evening at his home in Namisindwa District by someone he didn’t know.  Right now, he is in Mbale Main Hospital where he was rushed to get treatment.  It’s said that he was affected so much.  They need help in terms of treatment in hospital and the police is still investigating the matter.”  Daniel then went on to tell us, “They need medications and food… Food is not provided at the hospitals and he needs some medical supplies like a cream for rotten skin removal, to clear all the affected skin.  These are normally being bought from pharmacies.”

Daniel and Julie are planning to visit Francis and his family in the hospital in Mbale.  We will keep you updated as we learn more.  Please donate to support Francis’s treatment in the hospital.  At this time, we would like to raise $300 to cover the costs of Francis’ immediate needs.  (The medical treatment is provided free of charge, but medications and food are not covered by the hospital.)



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  6. I stand with you, Lauben. Now and always. I also hope your brother can find some peace and change his ways while in prison, if only so he never harms anyone again the way he did you.

  7. Praying that Lauben continues to cling to the real peace that rests on him through Christ and reflects on the joy that His arrival brings in this circumstance as he presses forward but also regardless of any circumstance, including this as He ponders on Christ’s glory and what He is doing and treasures Him and all of this in his heart (Luke 2:10-20)!!

    1. I pray for Lauben that God continues to give him strength, comfort, and healing.
      Jesus is with you, Lauben, don’t give up, give it all to Our Lord Who loves you dearly!
      Special prayers for the 28th that all goes well….prayers every day, always!

  8. Lord please comfort Lauben during this time, giving him the strength to get through this trial. Thank you God his family is there and with love and support. Bless them all with healing and love.

    1. My heart, thoughts, and soo many prayers go out to Lauben , his sisters and family.
      I pray his pain lessens greatly as the medications work to take it away. Please, Lauben, stay strong, Jesus is holding your hand! We all love you and hope that recovery comes quickly to and for you.
      God bless you!

  9. I am one of countless people who are sending love and support. You are never alone, and your story matters. Stay strong, and know that you are loved!

  10. You are loved. Many people are holding you in their hearts and asking God to heal and comfort you. Good days are ahead.

  11. Sending love and strength to you for your recovery! We will be thinking about you and hoping for you to heal. Much love to you!

  12. I pray that this precious man and his sisters continue to remember how holy and dearly loved they are by the Lord and that Christ’s peace rules in their hearts (Colossians 3:12-17)!!

  13. How awful these situations are in your country so so sorry for this. They should be imprisoned for years. Thoughts and prayers your was L, Dave w

    1. Hello Lauben. I am so sorry to see how much you are suffering. I wish I could stop it for you. So many strangers you don’t know care very much about you. We all want you to thrive and get out of the hospital quickly, but, in all honesty, your wounds are going to take awhile to heal. If there is anything you need or want to help you pass the time while recovering, please let us know. And I mean that sincerely. We all want the best for you, Lauben. Please try to stay positive in mind and spirit as it will truly help in the healing process. I know that is much easier said than done, but please try. Just remember, we are here for you on your journey. God bless you, Lauben.

  14. Thinking of you and sending prayers for strength, comfort and healing. Sending you love and light during this challenging and painful time. ????????

    1. Dearest Lauben,
      I know we do not know each other, but my Heart goes out to you, and your pain and sufferings ….please do not loose “HOPE, or FAITH”, and continue to search for that light in your darkness…..
      (IT IS THERE!) and know that you are not alone , and that you are a wonderfully beautiful soul ❤️!
      Peace, & Love, JoJo

  15. Praying for this precious brother…the Lord does not change and has not denounced Lauben in any way and I pray he remembers that (Numbers 23:8-19). I pray that he delights in the Lord’s law and meditates on it day and night as He will be like a tree planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:1-3)

    1. I join with everyone in praying and supporting Lauben throughout his recovery, healing, and faith that God is with him every step of the way!
      Sending hugs, love, and blessings to Lauben, his sisters, and family.
      God bless you all, stay strong, one day at a time.

  16. It is a horrendous thing that has happened but you are still alive. There is so much to live for! Think of your favorite people and your favorite things ( cars, football, food, whatever you really like and love.) . Hang in there and may god bless you. Best Wishes Frank

  17. Thank you so much whoever has participated in rescuing lauben,thanks for your donations and kind words full of prayers. Lauben and his sisters are so strong after knowing that there are great people who cares about everyone. Continue supporting and praying for lauben, hopefully very soon we shall his smile.

  18. So sorry to read about Lauben, but happy to read that he is getting care and support.
    I pray that the treatment goes well and pray for this organization that continues to help and assist those in need.

  19. Praise be to the Lord for how He has abundantly provided…their cup overflows through Him and they are His (Psalm 23, Psalm 100). I pray that they trust in Him enough to honor Him as holy as they watch Him work miracles (Numbers 20:7-12)!!

  20. Lauben, please know that people care deeply about what has happened to you. We are sending prayers, love, and support for you. You are not alone, my friend.

  21. Lauben, I do not know you and I never will but WE ALL CARE from so many miles away. You are loved and you will persevere! Stay strong always.

  22. Praying that they all continue to experience Christ’s sufficient grace and power being made perfect even in this extreme hardship…they are not abandoned or in despair or destroyed or crushed but rather they can be inwardly renewed day by day as they focus on our unseen eternal hope (2 Corinthians 4:7-18, 12:8-10)!

  23. Praying for this precious man, Francis…I pray that he would know how the Lord works in all things for his good (Romans 8:28) and that his soul can find true rest through Christ (Matthew 11:28-30) and that he experiences the Lord meeting all his needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19) as well as the complete healing that comes only by the Name of Jesus and the faith that comes through Him (Acts 3:16)!

  24. How awful, I am so sorry to hear this.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Francis, and your family, and everyone at RISE.
    May God bless you with strength, comfort, and healing.
    Love and hugs.

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