When you visit the camps on the displaced people in Hoima, especially in Kigyayo –Muziranduru village, Munteme Parish, Kiziranfumbi sub county, Hoima District, you are greeted by faces of young, malnourished and seemingly destitute and hopeless children.
In Rwamutonga Village Bugambe Sub County, the situation is not different either. The children of ages zero to 15 years have no clothes, chances of accessing a meal are equivalent to none and education to the school going age in a dream. The health condition in these two camps is a dare state and appalling.
Out of the 4,633 people occupying the two camps in Kigyayo, 3,357 are children. These children, like their parents, depend on well-wishers for food and clothing. Their health conditions are terrible and terrifying. Government at all levels seems unbothered by their condition.
“When the RDC came here two month ago, he promised us a mobile health clinic but up to date nothing has happened”, Mr. Steven Matovu, one of the Kigyayo camps leaders explained to Community Green Radio staff that had paid them a visit on March 8th.2016.
Kigyayo camps are hosted by two churches after these, now landless people were violently evicted from their land in February 2015 to pave way for establishment of a sugar factory. The Factory, owned by Hoima Sugar Limited, was officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni on May 1st 2016 on the sidelines of the International Labor Day celebrations that were in Hoima District.
Rwamutonga Camp has over 250 children; over 157 of these are of school going age but have no education. The camp is a home to over 1,276 people who were violently evicted from their land in August 2014.
NAPE, through Community Green Radio has been in on a campaign drive to collect relief items for these suffering children. As of late April 2016, each of the two communities had been visited more than twice by the NAPE/Green radio staff together with their partners that included Rosa Luxembourg Foundation