For only 150,000 Uganda shillings (USD 41) a young girl was married off at 12 years in Buyanga village, Iganga District, Eastern Uganda.
Alisaati Namagembe, now 14 years and a mother of a one year old son had always been an ardent student, good at mathematics and very focused. She aspired to be a Mathematics teacher and strongly believed and still does, that she would achieve her dream through education. Unfortunately, in 2016, her journey was interrupted when she was forcefully married off by her mother. She was a child and only 12 years old!
It is 7:00am and refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are about to enjoy their first meal of the day-breakfast, out of three meals provided at Nyakabande Transit Centre in Kisoro, Western Uganda. Byamungu John is seated with his family waiting for his wife to return with sugar for the family to have their porridge. John is the sole bread winner for the family of twelve that includes his wife, sister in law and nine children. Byamungu was working to fend for his family until the fighting in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) intensified. “We would hear gunshots and reports of people being kidnapped and killed,’ says Byamungu. This forced Byamungu and his family to start their journey for refuge in Uganda.
Lisa, 14, and Lisie 15, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) look forlorn as they wait for a UNHCR truck to transport them from Nteko border point to Nyakabande Transit Centre in Kisoro, Western Uganda. It is 60kms from Nteko to Nyakabande.
Lisa and Lisie are sisters who arrived in Uganda on the morning of February 16, 2018. They lost both parents when the rebels attacked their home in DRC in October 2017. The two sisters crossed to Uganda by themselves having walked for 21kms
On 15th February 2018, a 60-year-old man was identified at the entry point in Sebagoro landing site, Kabwoya sub county, Hoima district presenting with vomiting, fever and acute watery diarrhea. On the same day, a total of three deaths were also reported with similar signs and symptoms. Ten stool samples were collected out of which seven samples grew Vibrio cholera confirming the outbreak.