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102 Children Placed Under Child Care Homes In Luwero

Joyce Namigadde, the Luwero District Probation Officer blames the high cases of child abandonment on rampant teenage pregnancies, domestic violence, and poverty in homes. Namigadde says that although 34 children have since been reunited with their families, 68 are still under child care and remand homes.
File Photo; Wounds around the body of boy allegedly burnt with car tyre by father . The boy is among those resettled in care home

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At least 102 children are in childcare homes in Luwero as the district continues struggling with rising cases of abandonment and other forms of abuse. 

A report from the Luwero district probation office for the financial year 2021/22, shows that at least 36 out of the 102 children sent to child care homes were abandoned whereas others were rescued from Kampala streets.

Some of the abandoned children were born to parents with mental illness, others were unaccompanied and others are juvenile delinquents. The most affected children are aged six years and below. 

Joyce Namigadde, the Luwero District Probation Officer blames the high cases of child abandonment to rampant teenage pregnancies, domestic violence, and poverty in homes. Namigadde says that although 34 children have since been reunited with their families, 68 are still under child care and remand homes.

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Prisca Birungi, the Officer In Charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit at Luwero Central Police Station, says that this week her office resettled ten children in childcare homes. She explains one parent is in police custody for child desertion. 

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David Oriokot, the Field Officer at FIDA Uganda, says that his organization in conjunction with Ewaffe Children's Home and Happy Times Home have participated in resettling over 40 children this year. Oriokot says that although the children were resettled, some are living in congested homes and they are still looking for their parents.

Oriokot says that much effort should be put into stopping unwanted pregnancies, child torture, and domestic violence to reduce the cases of child abandonment because they have run out of space to accommodate the children. 

Among children resettled in childcare is a girl aged four years and a boy aged 12 years who were rescued from their parent's homes in Butuntumula sub-county in May this year.

The girl sustained burn after her mother poured porridge on her buttocks and broke her arm for allegedly stealing bean sauce. The boy was burnt with a car tire for allegedly stealing her father's phone. Both children denied the accusations and were placed in the child care home since their parents were remanded to prison for child torture.   

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