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GBV Survivors in Arua Demand Support from Gov't

Hellen Faidah, a visually impaired mother of five children who was sent away by her husband four years ago said since she was disowned and chased away by her husband, she has been struggling to look after the children.
Jimmy Anguyo CFPU Head for W. Nile speaking on GBV cases to URN.

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Survivors of Gender-Based Violence-GBV in Arua have asked the government to offer them financial support to fend for their families.

Hellen Faidah, a visually impaired mother of five children who was sent away by her husband four years ago, says that she has been struggling to look after the children.

Faidah who now relies on digging despite her visual impairment and engaging in piggery appeals to the government to support her financially so that she can do business to improve her life and that of her children,

// Cue in; My husband, he decided…

Cue out; they can do their business …. //

Angela Apolot 38 years a resident of Ayivu Division and mother of four children says that she suffered disability on her right hand and still continues to suffer violence from relatives of her husband despite having left their home. Apolot says the government should come to their aid financially so that their children can go to school since she cannot manage to support them due to her disability. 

 // Cue in; I really felt violence…

Cue out; supporting our children. //

Jimmy Anguyo, the Head of Child and Family Protection Unit- CFPU in West Nile calls on all leaders both in government and Civil Society to report cases of GBV so that action can be taken to ensure justice for the survivors. 

 // Cue in; GBV is real and its…

Cue out; to the affected persons…. //

 Victoria Adiru the Community Development Officer for Arua City said plans are already in place to reach out to GBV hotspots especially along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC and in the center of Arua City so as to curb the vice.

// Cue in; After cases of GBV are…

Cue out; support they wanted…. //  

According to statistics from Arua District, 99 cases of GBV were registered in the month of October of which 43 were settled while 66 are still under investigation.

According to Christine Driciru, the Head of Child and Family Protection Unit Arua District, they face challenges of Women reporting at the police station in the late hours of the night after being chased by their husbands.

Police projections indicate that the cases may be high in November.

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