Over 90 school girls impregnated in Adjumani refugee camp

By Kideega Livingstone

At least 92 school girls who fled the conflict to refugee camp in Adjumani were impregnated following the circumstance of coronavirus.

The government of Uganda like other governments across the World following health directives for children safety closed the schools, churches and gathering places to stop spreading of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Speaking during the United Nations International Youth Day event that was organized by United Nation Population Fund, Jaiksana Soro, a South Sudanese refugee in Bidi camp said that the increasing rate of pregnancy among the young girls is worrying.

He added that in Adjumani alone 92 cases pregnancies recorded.

Soro said the numbers of the pregnancies could be more because cases of pregnancies in other refugee’s camps have not been reported.

“We are trying to educate the young girls on how to keep themselves save and also we are giving them the information on how they should stop early pregnancies,” said Soro.

Recently it was reported that at least 318 schools girls got impregnated in Eastern Equatoria State a lone because of coronavirus lockdown.

In South Sudan 20 percent of the Primary Schools girls drop out of basic school and 12 percent dropped out of Secondary schools.

However, Deputy Representative of United Nation Population Fund, Dr. Chris Oyeipo said during Nairobi Summit on the International conference on population and development last year, the government made a commitment that by 2021 all the health facilities including hospitals at the counties, states national levels as well as primary health care facilities will be able to provide adolescent and youth friendly sexual and health reproductive information.

He said the government also commit that service and age appropriate life skills and sexuality education in all primary and secondary schools in 2025.  

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