Increase in child neglect cases linked to poverty

Luweero. The high poverty levels which characterise several families in Luweero District have been linked to the rise in child neglect cases with several parents admitting before authorities that it’s the reason for abandoning responsibility over their own children.
Recent statistics from the Family and Child Protection Unit at Luweero Central Police Station reveal there are more than 300 cases of child neglect recorded between January and November 2014 with more than 150 children found to have been deserted by their own parents and guardians.
Kamira and Kikyusa sub-counties register the most child neglect cases, including children abandoned by their parents, according to Ms Francis Nyamitala, the officer in charge of Family and Child Protection Unit in Luweero.
“Some of the children brought to the reception centre do not want to be reunited with their families after spending some few days at our Centre. The reason is that they are able to have a comfortable bed and guaranteed meals. Most of these children have been denied basic needs,” Ms Myamitala said. Mr Kamada Migadde, a resident of Kamira Sub-county, claimed he has seven children and four grandchildren under his care but only three of these are able to go to school because he cannot raise school

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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