NODDING SYNDROME:  30 Children sent Home, Nine Dead, Ten Raped


Odongo James, one of the nodding syndrome sufferers in Omoro district. Photo by OTII DENIS

By OTII DENIS

OMORO– Children suffering from nodding syndrome in the northern Uganda district of Omoro are living with little hope due to no better support.

This follows the shutting of Centre of Hope for Human (CHH), an organization which for long has been giving them shelter and other humanitarian aid.

Due to lack of funding, CHH closed business last year according to an official who spoke to this news website.

 Mr. Okot Sosa who was the Program Manager Centre of Hope for Human says that since the rehabilitation center was closed last year due to lack of funding, the situation has worsened with over 30 children taken back home.

“Due to that, nine have lost their lives and ten of them have been raped from their homes due to negligence by their parents,” Okot told TND News.

He however appealed for the reopening of the center which he says was entirely supporting the nodding syndrome children.

Douglas Okao, the Omoro district LC 5 Chairperson told TND News the district is going to take over management of CHH so that children are rehabilitated properly.

“Omoro district government will reopen the center and manage it. Shs.1b from government is a good gesture,” he added.

This year, government allocated shs.1 billion to support children with nodding syndrome in northern Uganda

 Opportunity Bank donates money

Meanwhile, Opportunity Bank Uganda Limited has donated shs20milliom to children in Omoro district who are suffering from nodding syndrome.

Mr. Okello Kenneth, the Opportunity Bank Manager for Kamdini branch in Oyam district said the donation is part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) which they give back to the community especially disadvantaged group.

Beneficiaries were children diagnosed with the nodding syndrome in the Sub County of Odek in Omoro district.

TND News has learnt the beneficiaries were formerly inhabited at Center of Hope for Human (CHH) which is currently closed due to lack of funding.

Okello added that the money is meant to skill the children who have recovered from the problem, adding that Opportunity Bank has set aside some money to buy tailoring machines, cassava cruiser and knitting machines to empower the beneficiaries and boost their families financially.

Aciro Agness, a child mother and a victim of the syndrome appreciated the bank’s initiative to empower them with technical skills which she says will help improve them financially.

She also appealed to government to intervene and help child mothers, stating that most of them are victims of brutal rape and many of them don’t know their husbands.

 

 


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