Police Stuck With 5 Special Needs Children

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Adongkare says the children deserted their families and opted to live on the streets without proper shelter and medical treatment.

Kitgum police havefailed to reunite 5 children suffering from Nodding Syndrome, Epilepsy and Disabilities with their families. The children have resorted to begging in the streets food, water and money.
 
Maragaret Adongkare, the officer in charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit Kitgum says some of the children are suffering from the mysterious nodding syndrome while the others are mentally challenged.

Adongkare says the children deserted their families and opted to live on the streets without proper shelter and medical treatment.

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Two are suffering from Nodding Syndrome and Epilepsy while three are mentally challenged children. One of the children who is 8 year old is deaf and mute. Previously, they begged on streets and returned back home before permanently residing on the streets.

Police and TPO, a nongovernmental organization working in areas of mental health have unsuccessfully tried to reunite the children with their families. Adongkare says some of the affected children are orphans while others have parents living with disabilities, which has incapacitated their ability to provide for the children.

Adongkare says Police and the district is contemplating relocating the children to Kireka School of special needs education or Butabika Mental Hospital for specialized treatment.

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.