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VHT Stuck with 13-Year-Old Girl Impregnated by Her Father

The girl was ejected out of her home, by her own mother, a week ago upon learning that her father was responsible for her three months pregnancy. The girl then wandered from her parent's home in Kitula to the neighbouring village of Bubira-Kalumbya where she was picked up by Resty Namaganda, a member of the Village Health Team.

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A Village Health Team in Ngogwe sub-county, Buikwe district is stuck with a 13-year-old girl who was impregnated by her father.

The girl was ejected out of her home, by her own mother, a week ago upon learning that her father was responsible for her three months pregnancy. The girl then wandered from her parent's home in Kitula to the neighbouring village of Bubira-Kalumbya where she was picked up by Resty Namaganda, a member of the Village Health Team.

Namaganda says that the girl was weary at the time she found her. Later, she opened up revealing that her father had sexually abused her for the last six years, a matter that she had also brought to the attention of her mother. In the first instance, the mother reported the matter to her sister-in-law, who took the girl out of the home.

“...but my father resorted to beating my mother until she was forced to bring me back home. This year alone, he has abused me 18 times until recently when he was found doing the same by a group of youths in the garden,” the minor narrates.  She adds that recently, she found out that she was pregnant and the mother equally turned against her.

According to Namaganda, the matter was reported to Nkondwe Police Post which is currently hunting for the father who is on the run. Namaganda says she needs shelter for the minor because she is not safe in the neighbourhood where her family is threatening her, and accusing her hosts of embarrassing the parents.

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The minor’s mother denies mistreating her child but she is scared that the husband may return from wherever he is hiding and assault both of them if they continue staying together.

Cases of incest and other forms of child marriages are common in Buikwe. The District Health Officer, Dr. Richard Bbosa says that cases of incest committed against and other forms of teenage pregnancies has been on the rise especially during the second lockdown.

According to a recent report produced by World Vision, 2,830 children were impregnated in the district during the lockdown. To address the challenge, World Vision has trained 240 village champions from five sub counties located at the shores of Lake Victoria, namely Ngogwe, Kiyindi, Ssi-Bukunja, Nyenga and Najja to promote to equip girls with skills such as shoemaking, hairdressing and tailoring as well as rehabilitating child mothers.   

The initiative started after the county realizing that at least 127 out of the 1000 girls under the Ssaza bursary scheme conceived in the lockdown and needed development adaption means. Jane Nakimbugwe, a senior teacher and skills mentor at Kyaggwe county says several sexual offences are committed in Buikwe and Kyaggwe district at large.

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Meanwhile, residents in Buikwe attributes the increasing moral decay to drug abuse, child neglect, idleness and witchcraft.                

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