Raising Voices, a child rights advocacy non-Government Organization has raised a red flag over the shocking figures of violence against children recorded during the lockdown.
According to the police, over 6,000 cases of sexual harassment and violence against children have so far been registered since the lockdown was imposed in March this year.
Meanwhile the latest report by Mityana District health office for 2019-2020 indicates that over 700 teenage pregnancies have been recorded over the same period.
Betty Ezaru, the assistant in charge of maternal and child health unit says the 86 of these teenage girls procured abortions accounting for 5% of all pregnancies between the period of January and June.
She expresses worry that these will most likely not continue with their education when schools reopen.
Hope Wambi, the advocacy manager of Violence at Raising Voices also expresses concern that schools are likely to have no children at the time of reopening if nothing is done to protect these young stars.
“We have had so many of these cases! that have had issues of battering children you know when parents are hard stuck because of financial challenges some of them take on the anger to the children, we have had children being sacrificed during this period!
So a lot has happened that has made us feel like we are sitting on a time bomb if we like not prevent violence against children now, we don’t know what the future holds. And time will come when we want them to go back to school there will be very few children left to go back.”