The 300 Million Shillings centre that will be located at the district headquarters is being funded by the UNFPA. It will house survivors of gender-based violence and girls escaping from Female Genital Mutilation cases.
After cutting the girls , Surgeons are often given different gifts including money from the parents or from the mutilated girls themselves. This monetary benefit is reported to be one of the reasons why the outlawed vice is thriving.
Locals say that the porous border is aiding the continuation of FGM, a practice which was outlawed in Uganda, but remains popular among the Pokot and Kalenjin of Kenya, who share a common culture and customs with the Pokot community in Amudat.
The practice which was outlawed close to 10 years ago, persists among the Tepeth in Moroto, the Pokot in Amudat and in parts of Nakapiripirit district. A survey conducted by the UN Agency for children- UNICEF indicates that FGM prevalence remains high in Amudat district.
Maldaline Chemose, a surgeon from Bukwo says they have been forced to stealthily carry out the mutilations due to the absence of an alternative source of income. Chemose says each of them earns 50,000 Shillings for every mutilation.
The campaign will target two million people, including girls, boys, teachers and parents in Karamoja and Eastern Uganda through multimedia, dialogues, community sensitization, training and provision of sexual and reproductive rights services, among others.