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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Children In Uganda Still Traumatized by Conflict-

RIC-NET shared her experience on projects that "support conflict affect girls in Rwenzori region"  and  "community action on prevention of violence against  children" at  Global fund for Children partners' knowledge sharing  workshop at Bomah Hotel- Gulu from 25-28th October 2016.
The article below was reported without the photos added. the original article is by By Billy Oketch


 "Thousands of children in Rwenzori and northern Uganda are in dire need of support due to the effects of conflict experienced in those regions.
This is according to Emmanuel Otoo, Global Fund’s regional programme director for Africa and Middle East, who says the situation has left many children in the Rwenzori Sub-region and northern Uganda traumatized.

He says some of the children there are living with various forms of disability while others living with HIV/Aids.
Meanwhile, John Silco, the executive director of Rwenzori Information Centres Network, says some families uprooted by the ethnic clashes in Rwenzori were still stuck in the camps.


The Global Fund for Children has been working with seven grass-root organisations to support vulnerable children in these two regions."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

POSITIVE PARENTING TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN


Stakeholders pose for a photo

Kasese district stake holders have agreed upon embarking on positive parenting if they are to realize the efforts of fighting violence against children in the community. This was pointed out during a one day district convention in Kasese district on 7th October 2016. Regardless of the many existing laws concerning the rights of children and their upbringing, violence against children in its forms has continued to prevail in the society leaving the children at the centre stage of vulnerability.
women representatives at the convention
To seek support from the district leaders therefore, a district convention aimed at sharing issues with district leaders and members of the community, suggesting measures on prevention of VAC in the district and region, to document and develop action plan for prevention of VAC and child protection in the region was held among which the district leadership, head teachers and their teachers, representatives of CBOS, children from different schools, women representatives among others who agreed and signed upon helping the children realize their strength with love and respect, sanitation in schools should be considered, enforce the policies on childrens’ rights, formation of children protection committees at village level, owning the project for sustainability and  include guidance and counseling on the school curriculum.
LCV chairman giving remarks
The chairperson LCV Mr. Sibendire Bigogo Geofrey as the chief guest called upon the people of Kasese to avoid violence against children because it dehumanizes them. He further said, children who come from violent homes also live violent lives in their adulthood. Bigogo said most children do not freely express themselves because of the torture they face from the community in the name of correcting them both at school and home. He sounded a warning to everybody who mistreats a child and condemned violence in all its forms.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

STOP USING THE YOUTH AS EXPENDABLES- PROMOTE PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE.





The Minister of State for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Hon. Ecweru Musa Francis has warned the youth in the Rwenzori region to never again implement things they do not understand, avoid being used by the elders who are the authors of the conflicts because your seen as energetic, poor and uneducated. 

Peace Activists   matching for peace



“It is unfortunate that we use our beautiful geographical location, topography and cultures to cause chaos instead of using it for peace and unity. Rwenzori is our home, you have no other home. That is where GOD placed you and no one can undo what GOD put in place”.Ecweru said.

Hon. Ecweru spoke this while officiating at the international peace day in Bundibugyo on the 21stSeptember, 2016 under the theme: "Sustainable Development Goals- Building blocks for peace". 
He condemned all acts of violence and confusion in the region and asked people to reconcile and never to do it again.
minster visits RWECO stall

 
cultural leaders

Key officials present at the function were: Bundibugyo District woman MP, the UNDP representative in Uganda, RDC Bundibugyo Mr. Mucunguzi, RDC Kyegewa Mrs. Nyakwera,  District Chairperson Mr. Mutegeki, Prime ministers of Cultural institutions- Obudhigiya Bwa Bwamba and Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, religious leaders and CSO leaders and members .
Religious leaders present



The leaders called  upon people to be role models in the communities and be promoters of peace; urged people to be transparent if peace is to prevail; warned people to stop concentrating on useless baseless things that are underdevelopment and thanked the security team, some CSOs : International Alert, RIC-NET, RWECO, RFPJ, KRC, UJCC and the media fraternity that has worked so hard in to sensitize communities on peaceful coexistence and restore peace in Bundibugyo and the region as a whole.
RWECO,RIC-NET,RIDE Africa and partner CBOs at the international day of peace
The International Day of Peace, unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to specifically to the absence of war and violence, it might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people.

To observe the day, Uganda celebrated this day from Bundibugyo district in the western part of the country as a signal to the of the area that peace is a complete necessity not a need, to also serve as a warning to those culprits who work to stabilize the peace in the area and so show the natives that a peaceful co-existence is the only way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals to which the world is standing to achieve.
Burning of the guns as a symbol for peace.








Friday, September 16, 2016

RWENZORI IS FOR US ALL-VIOLENCE IS NOT A SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEMS




RDC talking to the people about conflict management
“Uganda is our country and Rwenzori is for all of us. We all need each other; we should not allow anyone to destabilize the peace, harmony and unity we have built together for years.” Mr.Rwabuhinga Richrad
, Chair Person Kabarole District; while addressing the community of  Bukara parish,Kabonero sub county following the violent clashes between police and residents  on 14th Sept.2016 that left 6 people dead and several others seriously injured. 
The security meeting attended by  the Minister for Gender Ms.Peace Mutuzza, the District Chair person Kabarole Mr. Rwabuhinga Richard, the RDC Mr.Asiimwe Stephen , Deputy RDC Mrs. Rose Mande,   the DISO, Sub County leaders, NGOs and local residents was held on 15th Sept at 3. pm to sensitize the community to become law abiding and resolve conflicts peaceful. 

Hon.Minister Peace, RDC and LCV  addressing the people
 Residents of the area attributed the unfortunate clash between the police and the citizens having a root cause in the unresolved alleged rape case a couple of days ago when David (a mutooro by tribe) allegedly raped the wife of Mr. Moris (a mukozo by tribe). on responding to the woman's alarm, the residents rushed to the scene, arrested and seriously assaulted David the suspect before transferring him to Kisomoro police post where the case was not properly handled.

On 13th Sept,after David paying a fine levied at the police, he  reported a case of assault against the some residents of Bukara including Moris the husband to the woman he alleged raped. 
The crime preventers and later the police from Kibito Police station attempting to arrest these suspects that allegedly assaulted the suspected rapists  angered the local community and they responding with violence to the crime preventers and later on to the policeThe local  youth armed with knives, pangas and stornes ganged up against police leaving two police men and four civilians dead and many others with permanent injuries.
RIC-NET staff working on conflict resolution were at the scene
This mob actions is a security threat to rule of law and justice and hence the local residents were asked to preserve peace and harmony in the area, stop taking the law in their hands,(mob Justice) but remain vigilant about the security in their area. The leaders gave condolence messages  and  sympathized with the families of the The tension and fear of revenge  has left over 300 people displaced to the neighboring areas of Kasangali- Bwesumbu Sub-county- Kasese District, Nyarugongo C.O.U and Nyarungongo Catholic Church in Katebwa Sub-county-Kabarole District. The leaders asked the Resident to come back home and assured the people of security.