Solomon Nokrach, the Regional Coordinator of FOWODE in Acholi, highlighted environmental degradation as the most pressing issue in the sub-region. This includes concerns related to charcoal burning and illegal logging.
The women from the eleven sub-counties of Gulu and Gulu City expressed concerns that the selection of beneficiaries could be marred with corruption, nepotism, abuse of offices, and embezzlement as has been the case with many other government projects.
Rwot Acana told URN during an interview at his palace in Gulu City that the current level of sexual abuse meted out at young girls and violence against children in the Acholi Sub Region and other parts of the country call for collective responsibility.
The vendors, especially women, argue that the markets they are operating from are unhealthy, insecure and have poor structures, which could make them vulnerable to contracting diseases and falling prey to criminals.
It is estimated that at least 30 girls under the age of 18 are defiled every day in the region. Recent statistics by the Ministry of Education reveals that over 10,000 girls were impregnated during the lockdown period in Acholi.