ASP Sarah Nanyunja, the Head of the Children and Family Protection Unit at Lugazi Central Police Station-CPS , blames the increasing numbers of cases of child abuse in Buikwe on the geographical location and land scape of the district. she says that this has made children very easy targets for their attackers.
Rampant sexual abuse that has been othering leaders, security personnel and aid workers in Buikwe district turns out to also have been a major concern to the children awho are the the victims.
The children's representatives in the district have now petitioned their local leaders to cause the enactment of laws
that can protect their rights to ensure their safe stay in their societies.
According to the children who presented their petition at the World Vision office in Buikwe on Monday, they are often
married off by their parents at a tender age, kidnapped or defiled by people in
Frahuma Nakamya says that as children they
faced with a lot of challenges starting with being set off for marriage at a
tender age, child sacrifice, child labour among others.
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Naume Nabwetemye says that often times they
are not heard even when sharing important information. “Sometimes you may try
to tell your parents or guardians something that might have happened to you
during the day while they were away and they will not believe you, or sometimes
they will send you away to another relative and still the same issue might
happen to you over there as well.”
Meanwhile Mercy Nakimuli accuses police of
working with the culprits to destroy the case file which has only fueled high
rates of children abuse’s rights in the district.
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However, ASP. Sarah Nanyunja, the Head of the
Children and Family Protection Unit at Lugazi Central Police Station-CPS , blames the increasing numbers of cases of child abuse in Buikwe on the geographical location and land scape of the district. she says that this has made children very easy targets for their attackers.
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to the Pascal Freeman, Programs Director World Vision in Buikwe district, One in four girls is married off before her 18th birthday.
notes that in a research they conducted in government health facilities within
the district, they discovered that a total of 2830 girls
between 10 to 19 had already conceived.
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10th parliament of Uganda passed two bills earlier this year, namely;
the Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice
Billwhich passed on May 4, 2021, and Sexual Offences Bill 2019 passed on May 3, 2021, which
criminalises marriages involving children and other sexual offences against
children like child pornography, defilement, sexual abuse in schools, and child
sex tourism among others.
The Buikwe Woman MP Diana Mutasingwa, condemns
Buikwe parents for giving out their children into marriages for material
benefits. She notes that there is a need for them as leaders to meet and
sensitize the parents and children against acts of early teenage pregnancies.