Uganda Survey Reveals High Prevalence of Child Abuse


The first nationwide survey in Uganda on youngster abuse reveals that violence in opposition to kids – starting from bodily, sexual and emotional – is happening in any respect ranges in society.

Mary Komugisha, 40, a single mom and meals vendor in Kiswa, a Kampala suburb, grew to become a grandmother beneath horrible circumstances.

Her 11-year-old daughter was raped.

She says her youngster was in seventh grade when she advised her she had an issue. I’m the mom and the daddy, Komugisha says, however I stayed robust. She advised me so-and-so raped her in the bathroom. He advised her to not inform anybody or else I might beat her. She gave start however; our scenario is so unhealthy. I don’t even have cash to place her again at school, she says.

Komugisha lives in a one-room, iron-sheet shelter along with her three kids and granddaughter.

Her daughter is one in every of 25 % of Ugandan females who skilled sexual violence beneath the age of 13. That’s based on a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report launched Thursday – the primary for Uganda on youngster abuse.

And it doesn’t get any higher for youngsters.

UNICEF says 35 % of Ugandan females and 17 % of males have been sexually abused.

FILE - A 15-year-old girl who was raped when she was 14 talks to a member of UNICEF staff, left, at her home in a village near Masaka, Uganda, June 1, 2017.
FILE – A 15-year-old woman who was raped when she was 14 talks to a member of UNICEF employees, left, at her dwelling in a village close to Masaka, Uganda, June 1, 2017.

UNICEF Deputy Country Representative Noreen Prendville describes the findings as completely surprising.

“While we did see of course that there were also young men and boys that were victims of sexual violence, of course the consequence for girls are even worse. We have a problem in the country as well with quite a big challenge on early marriage and early childbearing. And that sometimes is a cultural issue, but also sometimes related to poverty,” stated Prendville.

Physical, sexual and emotional violence in opposition to kids, based on the report, is skilled on the road, at dwelling and even at school – as occurred with Komugisha’s daughter.

Even although some kids who suffered violence knew the place to hunt assist, many, particularly women, had been too embarrassed for themselves and their households to ask for it.

Dr. Jesca Nsungwa is Commissioner for Child Health at Uganda’s Ministry of Health. She says the federal government is taking steps to handle the abuse.

“To increase access and availability of quality child and adolescent health services at all health facilities that provide prompt, affordable and appropriate prevention and response services to survivors of violence without discrimination. We also commit to train health care workers on provision of child and adolescent friendly health services within our national framework,” stated Nsungwa.

Children who expertise violence, says the U.N. report, usually tend to develop into perpetrators of violence in opposition to kids themselves in the event that they don’t get assist.

The Uganda report follows a name in 2006 by then-U.N. secretary basic Kofi Annan for all nations to sort out youngster abuse by gathering knowledge to tell insurance policies.

To date, solely 15 international locations have launched studies on the frequency of kid abuse. In Africa, they embody Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and now Uganda.

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