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Widows Struggling with Orphans, NewBorns in Kasese IDP Camp

One of them is Robinah Musiime, a single mother of five who lost her husband two years ago. She sold off the family land in Kitholu for a commercial one in Kanyangeya to start farming. But her three-bedroomed house was recently submerged, and her garden, the single source of good washed away by floods.
One of the mothers wading through the stagnant waters with her children away from their house

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Several single mothers are struggling to sustain their families at Kanyangeya Internally Displaced People's Camp in Kasese municipality, where hundreds of people settled after recent floods that devastated the district.

At first sight, there seems to be a little bit of life in the settlement area as mothers gather around each other basking in conversational laughter, save for a few worn-out men in a distant shade seemingly in a moment of worry. But moving around the camp arouses all signs of poverty and despair.

The laughing mothers will later fold their hands to unknowingly support their cheeks when the children retire from their games asking for food.  The camp hosts more than 50 families, most of them single mothers and children.

One of them is Robinah Musiime, a single mother of five who lost her husband two years ago. She sold off the family land in Kitholu for a commercial one in Kanyangeya to start farming. But her three-bedroomed house was recently submerged, and her garden, the single source of good washed away by floods.

//Cue in; “Nfa enfuzi ozilaba...  

Cue out..sirina kyakutandikirako kati.”//   

Kisembo Fatumah, a mother of 10 had established herself as a self-reliant woman after the husband passed on several years ago.  But her story changed in May when floods destroyed her kiosk and commercial gardens, rendering her incapable of fending for her children.

//Cue in; “Ngahura plot wange…   

Cue out...niho nimbona bonera.”//   

Amiina Kabugho, another of the mothers in the camp was at a loss of words and could hardly describe her experience as she returns to her tent every evening contemplating the future of her newborn. Kabugho’s husband died in an accident last month, the same day she was due for delivery of her firstborn child.

Today the single mother says she is at the mercy of well-wishers who bring her food once a day at the camp.   

//Cue out; Giza gatutera omu…

Cue out...empe obuyambi nka.”//   

The woman area councilor representing Nyamwamba division to the district Harriet Kabugho says mothers in the camp are enduring both physical and psychological pain. Many have been abandoned by their husbands a few days after they were displaced according to the councilor.

//Cue in; “Government eveyo lyokuba…

Cue out…oro mwo office wa RDC.”//

The victims at Kanyangeya primary school have spent one month without relief food. Area leaders led by the RDC Lt Joe Walusimbi have been asking the IDP community to vacate the camps but many of them declined because they have nowhere else to go after losing their properties in the recent floods.

In an interaction with URN, the Kasese deputy CAO Samuel Ssenku Senkya said the district is engaging the government for a permanent resettlement place for the victims.

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