Philip Auk, a resident of Olok Sub County in the Pallisa District, has asked well-wishers for assistance in repatriating the body of his wife, Jane Alupo, who passed away in Saudi Arabia while on business.
Philip, who has since suffered from anxiety and depression, explained in an interview that his wife Jane Alupo left for Saudi Arabia in the hopes of changing their lives financially, but he was shocked to learn of her death.
During the interview, Philip discussed his experience as a single parent coping with negative emotions after losing a significant other who was a significant breadwinner.
Philip Auk, a resident of Olok Sub County in Pallisa District
They legally wed in 2009 and have three children (two girls and one boy) who are also in pain because they cannot believe their mother has passed away.
“After admiring the progress of other girls who went to Saudi Arabia, she came up with the idea of going there herself, which she shared with me. I supported the idea, but I never imagined the results,” Auk said.
After learning of Jane’s sudden death on January 13, 2023, at 4:00 a.m. without seeing her body, the majority of her family members do not believe she is deceased. However, Philip believes she is no longer alive because communication between them was severed.
Philip explained in an agonised tone as if he had gone without water for days, that the last time he spoke with Jane, she told him that the change in weather (winter) caused her to vomit every morning in Saudi Arabia.
Philip no longer resides with his children as they mourn the untimely passing of their mother, whose remains they hope to locate in order to give her a proper burial.
Phillip explained, “She left after connecting with Jerusalem Company in Uganda, a company they later visited after learning of her death but were only given hope and told to be patient as they determine how the body will be returned for burial.”
“As much as the company assures us that they will help us repatriate the body for burial at home, I also invite my well-wishers who can assist in repatriating the body to assist us,” he added.
Philip misses Jane’s assistance with the family because she cared for everyone and worked tirelessly to ensure the family’s stability. Emotionally, he narrated, “I now lead a difficult single life.”
Jane’s father, Asanasio Opio, and five others recently visited the company, where one of its representatives greeted them and informed them that the body would be returned in three weeks.
“They also complained that they were receiving negative feedback from the public about the incident,” he continued. “However, as a company, they would do everything in their power to ensure that the body was returned.”
Opio also stated that after speaking with company representatives, they were given the contact information of the Saudi Arabian Ambassador; however, the attorneys who accompanied him gave the company a two-week deadline to return Sarah’s body.
Attempts to obtain a response from Jerusalem Travel Company, which transported Alupo to Saudi Arabia, proved futile after all known contact numbers were answered.