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Uganda: UNHCR Monthly Protection Update Child Protection (CP) (January 2019)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Uganda
Key Figures 734,426 Registered refugee children 61% Percentage of children amongst refugee population as of January 2019 45,326 Number of unaccompanied or separated children (UASC) 71% Percentage of children under 12 years 29% Percentage of Adolescents HIGHLIGHTS In Bidibidi, World Vision International (WVI) in partnership with the East African Playground (EAP) equipped 6 selected ChildFriendly Space (CFS) centres with modern outdoor play materials to ensure improvement of children’s access and child-friendly play therapy activities within the centres.
The newly established CFS centre in Zone 6, Palabek was opened and is fully operational. A total of 102 children have so far been enrolled and are engaged in various ageaggregated activities such as storytelling, peer to peer counselling, and sports and games among others. A total of 35 (13F, 22M) participants attended a joint two day workshop for child protection duty bearers at Ariwa Sub-County, Yumbe District facilitated by American Refugee Committee (ARC). Participants in Child and Family Protection Unit (CFPU) police officers, Community Development Officers (CDOs), selected Refugee Welfare Councils (RWCs), Child Protection Committees (CPCs), WVI and Save the Children. The objective of the workshop was to equip child protection case workers with requisite skills and information on responding to child protection related incidences and to develop key action points for child protection interventions in 2019. In coordination with OPM, UNHCR and Sub county chiefs, AVSI has so far distributed 30 registration books to 30 Village Health Teams in order to start birth registration of children under the age of 5 years, born in Uganda in the sub counties of Rigbo, Uriama and Udupi,
Arua District. In February, NIRA outreach team is expected to conduct registration of ready applications. A total of 313 (167B/146G) children (mostly UASC) were supported at the established litigation desks at the Food Distribution Points (FDPs) in Imvepi to access their monthly food ration through the authorized alternate food collectors.
Additionally, in Lobule, 5 (3B/2G) children were supported to receive cash with the help of their alternates. As part of the inter-agency joint activities under the “Go Back to School campaign”, 535 (296B/239G) UASCs from both Nakivale and Rhino Camp Settlements were engaged in various activities such as; Music, Dance and Drama (MDD), indoor games, education advocacy and counselling sessions among others to prepare them for the new academic year. A total of 1,642 (741M/901F) community members in settlements in Adjumani, Arua, Kyangwali and Yumbe attended monthly dialogue sessions on prevention of violence against children.
The key issues discussed included high rates of alcoholism/drug abuse and how it influences violence against children, protection risks and wellbeing of children, and peace building among others. In Rhino Camp, a community dialogue on child protection, peace building and community engagement was conducted where 790 PoCs participated including: 130 men, 186 women, 156 girls, 318 boys, and 26 persons from the host community. A total of 1375 (605M/770F) community based child protection structure members and parents attended 11 reflection meetings in both Omugo and Bidibidi Settlements. Key topics discussed in positive parenting, effective communication with children, educational benefits, equal treatment of both girls and boys, and general child protection case management. In Rhino Camp, a total of 168 (89G/79B) selected adolescents participated in a 4 day training on life skills to equip them with the knowledge and the capacity to be change agents in addressing the protection risks they face and to empower them to advocate for the wellbeing of their fellow peers in the community. A total of 52 (26M/26F) adolescents from Oruchinga participated in a meeting facilitated by HIJRA focusing on school drop outs, discrimination and bullying of children at water points by nationals. WASH partners to engage the water user committees and local leadership to discuss prevention mechanisms against discrimination and bullying of children at water collection points. Across all the settlements, numerous BID panels were held with 56 BID reports tabled for discussion. Most of the BIDs were addressing cases for durable solutions.


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