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SOROTI – A Catholic priest in Soroti Diocese, the Fr. Joseph Eciru, has banned baptism of children whose parents have not married in the church.

Fr. Joseph Eciru presiding over baptism at Kaler church in Soroti last Sunday.

Fr. Joseph Eciru presiding over baptism at Kaler church in Soroti last Sunday.

Presiding over the baptism of 17 children at Kaler Catholic Church in Gweri sub-county, Soroti district on Sunday, Eciru said it was the last time he was baptising children whose parents were not wedded.

“I will not accept this anymore and I want men with pregnant women who are here to consider wedding them before coming to baptise their children.”

“Better inform your in-laws about your wedding early enough. Why do you men want to waste people’s daughters like that?” he asked the parents.

An angry Eciru almost refused to baptise the children after he learnt that most of their parents were not wedded.

Everest Okello, the Soroti district education officer, who was present in the church, requested the fathers of the children to promise Eciru that they would wed, but they all declined.

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KASESE – A 14-year-old boy in Buhuna II village, Karambi sub-county in Kasese district died when a quarry from where he was excavating sand caved in and buried him alive on Sunday.

Baker Kawonawo, the officer in charge of Mpondwe customs Police Station, said the incident happened at around 4:00pm.

He identified the deceased as Moses Kabyemera, the son of Julius Tibamanya.

Kawonawo said Kabyemera was a Primary Six pupil at Kamasasa Primary School and that he was alone in the sand quarry at the time of the incident.

“We were called to the scene by people who heard the boy crying. However, by the time we got there, the boy had already been covered by the sand,” he said.

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Abandoned kids play with their catertakers at Divine Babies Home in Mbarara Municipality recently. The increasing cases of mothers abandoning newly-born babies in the district is worrying authorities.

Abandoned kids play with their catertakers at Divine Babies Home in Mbarara Municipality recently. The increasing cases of mothers abandoning newly-born babies in the district is worrying authorities.

Mummy! Daddy! Aunt! Uncle! These are shouts that greet you when you enter Devine Babies Home on Booma Hill in Mbarara Town. Tales of how these kids ended up there and the care they receive are both harrowing and uplifting.

Jasper Aine, now 9 months old, was picked from a cattle dam in Ruti, Nyamitanga Division, where he had been abandoned.
Luckily, the quick intervention by the locals who reported to the police saved him.

“It was at around 9am when I was called by Police that they had found a baby dumped in a cattle dam, I had to stop all I was doing and rush to pick the baby. We found he was a just one day old and we had to put him in an incubator. Thank God, he has now grown into a normal child though asthmatic,” says Ms Esther Atukunda Mugyenyi, who runs the home.

Aaron Aheebwa, a one-year-old, was picked from a pit latrine in Kijungu, a Mbarara Town suburb, after being dumped for almost two days.

“The Police Fire Brigade called me past midnight that a baby had been dumped in a latrine. I wonder how heartless a mother can be, enduring a pregnancy for 9 months and (more…)

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Surveys carried out between January and June this year by the World Vision Uganda in Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Oyam, Soroti and Masaka districts indicate that child marriage and neglect are the most rampant forms of child abuses.

Ms Basemera narrates her ordeal during the launch of the End Child Marriage campaign in Hoima Town recently

HOIMA

Norah Basemera, 18, has had two children since 2009 from two different men. She has two children; one aged two while the other is barely three months. “I had studied up to Primary Seven when my uncle, with whom I had been staying, died. I had no- body to take care of me because my mother was seriously sick,” Ms Basemera says. “Then there came a boy with whom I had been studying and he told me that he would take care of me. I thought I was still young to get pregnant,” Ms Basemera narrates.

However, when she became pregnant at 14, her “care taker” ran away from a responsibility he was supposed to bear and left Ms Basemera stranded. “I stayed in the house alone, and I decided to go to my step-father but he could only offer me help for one year after which I failed to get basic needs,” she adds.

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Christine Naggayi and her one-year-old granddaughter who was defiled by a neighbour

Christine Naggayi and her one-year-old granddaughter who was defiled by a neighbour

Teenage girls and toddlers have become endangered species as defilement becomes endemic in Uganda.

Christine Naggayi, a 58-year-old grandmother, is heartbroken, tired and broke. Heartbroken because her one-year-old granddaughter was mercilessly defiled by her 25-year-old neighbour recently.

Tired because she has moved from one hospital to the next police station, looking for justice. This has also left her penniless because she spent the little she had on the treatment of the little girl.

Naggayi has no job. Essentially, she’s a stay-at-home grandmother. Although her innocence was robbed by a man who pretended to like her, the baby is bubbly, oblivious of what is going on around her. She murmurs her gibberish and manages to call out “Jjajja”; the only word she knows.

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Kakasiye and her mother, who is breastfeeding her grand child

Kakasiye and her mother, who is breastfeeding her grand child

MBALE district – She can neither see, talk nor hear and suffers from mental illness. More so, Yudaya Kakasiye’s problems have been compounded by lumpens who waylay and rape her — not once, not twice, but many times!

Kakasiye, 37, lives in Bumasanda, Bumasacha sub-county, Mbale district. Her parents, Masitula Namakoye, 57, and Hussein Ntalo, live in abject poverty. However, that is not their biggest problem. They are totally exhausted by their daughter’s plight and are utterly clueless about what to do to protect her.

Two years ago, when they realised that Kakasiye was pregnant, it seemed like a bad joke, but it wasn’t. Today, they do not know the father of her 18-month-old girl. Nobody does.

Occasionally, Kakasiye’s weary parents receive rumours of another rape carried out on their daughter. Since their daughter is (more…)

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KAMPALA

Uganda is losing colossal amounts of its resources to hunger, a new study has revealed.
The study shows that an e

Children queue for food. The study calls for mandatory provision of fortified foods to school-going children.

Children queue for food. The study calls for mandatory provision of fortified foods to school-going children.

quivalent of 5.6 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product or Shs1.8 trillion is lost to costs associated with treating and managing under nutrition directly caused by inadequate access to food.

Titled; ‘The Cost of Hunger in Africa’, the study found that in 2009, an estimated 1.6 million additional clinical cases associated with under nutrition in children under the age of five cost government about Shs526 billion to treat diarrhoea, anemia, respiratory infections and other clinical conditions.

This, in turn, had a direct effect on the education of children, with stunted children noted to have a 12.2 per cent higher grade repetition than non-stunted children at nine per cent.
The effects of stunted growth stretches well into adulthood with about 54 per cent or 8 million of Uganda’s working age population said to have been stunted in their childhood.

An estimated 943 million working hours were lost due to (more…)

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