County in Amuru district has registered 170 cases of teenage pregnancies within
35 days of the second lockdown.
established in a survey conducted by the African Medical and Research
Foundation (AMREF) Uganda, a non-governmental organization in partnership with Amuru
Sub County through the Village Health Team (VHT).
Albert Ladaa, the Assistant Community Development Officer in
Amuru Sub County told URN on Tuesday that the most affected are girls in
primary five and six aged between 15 and 17 years. He says that the report implicates parents for neglecting
their roles and duties in protecting young girls and children from
David Ocira, the Amuru Sub County LC 3 Chairperson, says that the number
captured by the survey is far less because many more cases are neither reported
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He disclosed that the Sub County has embarked on massive
awareness creation on the protection of young girls and children against
abusers. Ocira revealed that several culprits have been arrested in
connection to teenage pregnancies while many are still on the loose.
During the first nationwide lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amuru
registered 620 cases of teenage pregnancies, according to a report from the
Human Rights Focus. In total, Acholi Sub Region registered 4,062 cases of
The Acholi Paramount Chief, Rwot Onen David Acana II, who condemned the
perpetrators of teenage pregnancies and teen marriages blamed the vice on
economic hardship, lack of parental care and guidance arising from the lockdown.
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Sheikh Musa Khalil, the Khadi Acholi Muslim District on the other hand called for
collective responsibility in ensuring a safe, healthy and violent free
environment for young girls. Michael Lakony, the Amuru district LC V chairperson, said they have come with
several initiatives including the reporting boxes at village level on child
abuse and follow-ups in homes to uphold the rights of children during the
Brenda Aromorach, the Coordinator for Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) in
Gulu district appealed for child protection during the lockdown, saying early pregnancies
and marriages jeopardizes the development of a country.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
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