Pontiano Bimeny, the coordinator of Justice for Children in Agago district says the trend is worrying.
More than 4000 children are defiled in Northern Uganda annually, with districts in Acholi region topping the list. A report compiled by UN Women and National Association of Women Organizations in Uganda through Community Monitors indicates that Agago district has one of the highest defilement rates in the region. The latest statistics from Agago police Station indicates that 71 defilement cases were reported between April and July this year alone. Pontiano Bimeny, the coordinator of Justice for Children in Agago district says the trend is worrying.
He says should the trend continue over the next few years, all the girls in Agago district will have been defiled. He has appealed for speedy action against the vice. According to Uganda Police 2011 Annual Crime Report over four thousand children were defiled in Northern Uganda Alone. Officials from UN Women and National Association of Women Organizations in Uganda say the situation has not improved. As a result, districts in the sub region are being urged to develop ordinances to curb the rampant defilement cases. In Agago district, UN Women, in partnership with National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda-NAWOU has launched a process to draft an ordinance to curb the vice.
With a minimal funding of 3.2 million Uganda shillings, the district is expected to start a process that will draft the ordinance. Monica Emeru Enyou, the NAWOU Secretary General says with the little funding, the district must start a process that can help disadvantaged children achieve justice. She says the over four thousand girls defiled in northern Uganda is unacceptable with the current world. Emeru believes left unchecked, all the school age going girls will drop out of the school in the next few years. She has urged the district leadership to deepen the understanding on defilement, condemn it and prepare ground for its total elimination.
Regina Akullu, the Agago district Gender Officer says she is saddened to see that innocent school age going children are being defiled. She says most of the cases on defilement go unreported yet it is on the increase. She attributes the high rate of school dropout among girls to defilement which she says traumatizes them. Akullu has challenged both the political leaders and the civil servants to work towards drafting ordinances that will help curb the problem.