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Police Stuck With 5 Special Needs Children

Adongkare says the children deserted their families and opted to live on the streets without proper shelter and medical treatment.
22 Jan 2014 17:58

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Kitgum police havefailed to reunite 5 children suffering from Nodding Syndrome, Epilepsy and Disabilities with their families. The children have resorted to begging in the streets food, water and money.

 

Maragaret Adongkare, the officer in charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit Kitgum says some of the children are suffering from the mysterious nodding syndrome while the others are mentally challenged.

Adongkare says the children deserted their families and opted to live on the streets without proper shelter and medical treatment.

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Two are suffering from Nodding Syndrome and Epilepsy while three are mentally challenged children. One of the children who is 8 year old is deaf and mute. Previously, they begged on streets and returned back home before permanently residing on the streets.

Police and TPO, a nongovernmental organization working in areas of mental health have unsuccessfully tried to reunite the children with their families. Adongkare says some of the affected children are orphans while others have parents living with disabilities, which has incapacitated their ability to provide for the children.

Adongkare says Police and the district is contemplating relocating the children to Kireka School of special needs education or Butabika Mental Hospital for specialized treatment.

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