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UGANDA: Sebei Region Gets Vehicles For FGM Fight

THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has given five vehicles to the districts of Kween, Bukwo and Kapchorwa to fight female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sebei region.

Musa Bungudu, the UNAIDS Uganda Country Coordinator, said the donation was in response to the Saturday Vision story of Saturday 4, about 120 girls circumcised in Sebei region. The story indicated that the law was inadequately implemented due to lack of vehicles by the Police and the local administrators.

“After reading that painful story, I felt a lot of anger and I had to do something to save other girls,” said Bungudu. He said the vehicles would help the Police and community development officers in the region to sensitize the people.

“FGM is both a health hazard and an issue that violates the rights of women. The vehicles will solve a smaller part of the problem but a long term strategy is needed,” Bungudu said.

He called upon concerned authorities to address the immediate challenges facing them in the fight against FGM.

Bukwo district vice-chairman John Chelangat said the vehicles would boost sensitisation efforts and law enforcement in the region.

SOURCE: New Vision Online

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DATE: 17/12/2010

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