Cases of men abandoning their families in Bunyangabu and Kabarole
districts are high, affecting children’s growth and well being.
The Rwenzori west community liaisons officer Solomon Mugisa says
that they receive at least 30 complaints each month about men failing to
provide essential needs.
He adds that due to negligence, many children have dropped out of
school because the fathers have refused to pay school fees.
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According to Mugisa, neglect has affected many children resulting to drug
abuse, family break up, early marriages among others. The common cases are failing
to provide food for the children, paying school fees among others.
Annet Nyakaisiki, a single mother explains that herhusband
fled the home after she had given birth to twins. She explains that the husband
left home for work promising to return, in vain.
Nyakaisiki says that she is currently struggling to look after her five
children after they were evicted from the house due to debts.
Currently, the family is at the mercy of well-wishers who temporarily
offered them shelter.
Some of wives whose husbands have fled the homes have been forced to engage in
income-generating activities to cater for their children’s school fees and
other essential needs.