Kasamba Jerry the project manager Alur kingdom
By Prisca Oroma
Amidst the lock down, there is grave fear among stakeholders that there is raise in teenage pregnancy and child marriage due to the long stay of children at home.
In a bid to save the girls Alur kingdom in partnership with Ministry of Gender, Labour and social development with funds from UFPA is to implement a two-month project aimed at addressing the issues of teenage pregnancy and child marriage in the districts of Pakwach and Zombo.
The project manager Jerry said that the fund has come in time, a lot of sensitization needs to be done in the community if the current generation is to be saved.
“Parents have neglected their duties while others are deliberately marrying off their children for little token and that is what we are discouraging through popularizing the 2015 King’s pronouncement on child marriage” he said.
He said community dialogues will be held in the chiefdoms and the few will be expected to sensitize more people because fighting this vice needs a collective effort of all stakeholders and parents.
According to Pimer Colleens the Zombo district senior probation officer, during this lock down the number of teenage girls and child marriage has increased to 20% from 14% which is big and if nothing is done, this could get worse.