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Domestic Violence Cases On the Rise in West Nile Region

According to statistics collected by the Regional Child and Family Protection Unit, the number of registered cases has increased from 35 in the last financial year 2019/2020 to 81 as of the end of May 2021. With the numbers expected to go higher before the end of June 2021.
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A more than 150 per cent increase in cases of Domestic Violence has been registered in the West Nile region.

According to statistics collected by the Regional Child and Family Protection Unit, the number of registered cases has increased from 35 in the last financial year 2019/2020 to 81 as of the end of May 2021. With the numbers expected to go higher before the end of June 2021.  

Jimmy Anguyo the head of Child and Family Protection Unit-CFPU West Nile said children are the most affected by these cases. Crimes currently affecting children in the West Nile region include child labour, child trafficking, desertion and negligence.

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A walk through different towns in Arua City will give a vivid picture of how rampant child labour is. The COVID-19 the situation that has restricted children from resuming school and banned the operation of various economic activities has made the situation worse.

Edward Endra, the acting Community Development Officer Arua district explains how serious the Child labour challenge is with the West Nile region and calls for a collective effort from Religious, Cultural and Local Council leaders.

He says, “the district Community services have embarked on capacity training for LCI leaders in all the villages to address the challenge of Domestic violence and Child Labor during this second COVID-19 wave lockdown.”

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However Suzan Ezatia, the Minister for Education and Culture in Lugbara Cultural Institution, says parents ought to take responsibility for their children. 

"Parents are at the forefront to look after their children and protect them from harmful practices like Child Labor before society comes in. We expect that unlike during the first lockdown, most parents have learnt a lesson and therefore should be able to put in place measures to protect and guide their children during this second wave of Covid19 lockdown,” Ezatia says.

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