By Komakech Jimmy
In a proposal to stop gender based violence [GBV] in Amuru district, several interventions and tactics are being used to prevent the trouble.
However, since institution of some of the interventions, nothing has yet yielded fruits in efforts to combat it – despite supports from Non Governmental Organizations like Action Aid – Amuru Cluster who is working hand in hand with the district officials.
During the coordination meeting on response to prevention of gender based violence, some stakeholders submitted that GBV issues always arises as a result of polygamous marriage, high levels of alcoholism, among others.
Alex Loum – the police officer in charge of child and family protection unit [CFPU] Amuru Central Police Station, while submitting the quarterly reports from September 2018 to February 2019, said the police have been able to register 110 GBV cases and that 6 were sent to Court, 48 were mediated, 10 referrals, 35 cases pending inquiries and 72 cases of assaults were registered at the station.
In Pawel health centre III, Louis Obalo the in charge at the facility submitted that they registered 2 cases that were all successfully mediated.
According to Opiyo Lapolo Robert the Assistant Community Development Officer – Atiak Sub-county, they received 9 cases on women and children whom he says were mostly due to poor relationship between the parents.
Lapolo added that they have mediated the cases as well though they got challenged to receive feedbacks on how the families are living after the mediation.
Mohammed Binuyongo who’s the Imam of Amuru district, who represented the religious leaders said as religious bodies, they always preached about consequences of GBV to their believers and in that it “has made us to receive only 2 cases that were solve amicably”.
According to reports by Action Aid, 64 cases were resolved by the cluster including other 11 cases on women’s rights to ‘land campaign’.
Amuru district representative who spoke on behalf of CAO – Mr. Obwona Acili said police should protect the GBV victims, and medical officers should also perform their role as well as the politicians should embarked on sensitizing the community on gender based violence in order for it to be eliminated.
John Bosco Ochan – the vice LC5 Amuru district during his speech urged stakeholders to always know to what extent they are solving gender based violence cases in the community. He also appealed to the service providers to give necessary services to the GBV victims without demanding for a pay.
Josephine Laker – the program coordinator Action Aid – Amuru Cluster urged for supports from the district to give them more shelters, urging that they receive many GBV cases.
By doing so – Laker says it will help them cover a wider area in the district.
Amuru district alone is topping with 77% cases of gender based violence compared to other districts in Acholi sub-region – report tells.