By Innocent Atuganyira
According to the statistic, Buliisa district registered 125 cases of child neglect last year, and 133 cases have been registered so far this year.
The Buliisa district senior probation officer, Ms. Stella Katusabe, blamed the surging cases of child neglect on the increase in domestic violence in homes, which has taken a huge toll on both boys and girls.
This was disclosed during a coordination meeting on child protection and case management with civil society organizations, district stakeholders, and leaders organized by World Vision.
The meeting was held on Wednesday at the Biiso guest house in Biiso town council Buliisa District.
However, the Buliisa District officer in charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit, Afande Apera, disclosed that the situation is worse, noting that the cases might be much higher, with some going unrecorded or concealed by the parents and leaders.
Afande Apera urged the community members to report such cases timely so that they have a proper way of handling them.
The regional child and protection technical programs officer at World Vision, Ms. Atuhairwe Bona, challenged parents and leaders to protect and nurture the children for a better future.
She also challenged parents to always consider disabled children when planning for their children, noting that some parents do discriminate against them once an opportunity comes.
The Buliisa District Community Development Officer, Mr. Benard Barugahara, also reechoed that the increasing child neglect in the district is mostly triggered by domestic violence, which is worse in most homes.