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Teso Sub-Region is at risk due to child abuse and early marriages: an urgent call to action

Development partners are deeply concerned about the persistent darkness of child abuse and early child marriages in the Teso Sub-Region, which they ascribe to the widespread poverty that exists in many households.

The government has received urgent requests to step up efforts to combat child abuse, which is still a serious threat to the education and wellbeing of children living in upcountry areas, in reaction to this upsetting scenario.

Teso’s rural communities are plagued by child pregnancies and early marriages, which permanently change the lives of many young people. But with a fresh chance for these victims to go back to school and fulfill their dreams of education, hope is starting to grow.

Suzan Ayayo, who is nineteen years old, is one such survivor. At the early age of 17, she became pregnant, and when the man who caused it abandoned her, she decided to drop out of school. Suzan was recently given another opportunity to learn important hairdressing skills.

Development partners active in the region have uncovered a disturbing reality: violence, exploitation, and abuse in various forms place children’s physical and mental health and their education at severe risk, imperilling their overall development and future.

According to a new UNICEF research, the majority of children in Uganda have been the victims of physical violence, endangering their overall development. It is astounding to learn that 68% of boys and 59% of girls are victims of this violence. Furthermore, 35 percent of girls and 17 percent of boys experience sexual and gender-based abuse in their early lives. Female genital mutilation, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage are particularly dangerous for girls.

Unsettling data shows that in Uganda, at least one in four adolescent girls either gets pregnant or gives birth, and four out of ten women between the ages of 20 and 49 are married between the ages of 15 and 18. The Amuria District is likewise plagued by this harsh reality.

Another urgent problem is child labor, as many young people work in the unorganized sector. It is astounding to learn that 93% of kids in rural areas work in agriculture or fishing.

Organizations such as World Vision have responded to this situation by initiating programs aimed at creating caring communities that nurture and safeguard children, preparing them for a better future. This becomes a crucial moment for communities, especially those that continue to use conventional methods of raising children.

The local populace has experienced great comfort and joy from these, according to the coordinator of World Vision’s Malainga Simon Area Program in Morungatuny Area Program in Amuria District, and they have enhanced the government’s ongoing efforts.

World Vision’s child sponsorship and spiritual support initiatives have given kids a safety net that helps keep them in school. The spiritual component centers on developing a love of God and neighbors while improving children’s wellbeing through child-focused transformational development. Families and communities may work together to find long-term solutions to overcome poverty through child sponsorship.

A little over 5,000 Morungatuny kids have benefited directly from child sponsorship. In addition to helping kids become polite members of society, educators and parents have seen that these interventions are motivating kids to come forward with reports of child abuse.

Notwithstanding the horrifying obstacles, government and organization measures are gradually having a good effect and giving the youngsters of Teso Sub-Region a glimmer of hope.

According to records from the Probation Office, almost 2,700 girls in Teso were forced into early marriage. Senior probation officer Amos Oluka’s revelations have highlighted


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