Minister: Poverty Is Major Challenge To Families In Uganda Today

patient geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Minister of State for Gender and Cultural affairs, more about Hon. Rukia Nakadama Isanga stressed that poverty is a prime challenge in families leading to child labor.

She said parents send their children to go and look for money in unsafe places sometimes to work in stone quarries. The minister gave an example of a child who was found dead in a quarry after being covered by a heap of sand.

Nkadama made the remarks on Wednesday as Uganda celebrated the International Family day.

The Minister affirmed that poverty has led to the increase of street kids in Kampala since parents fail to provide better standards of living, which finally leads to family break ups.

She cited out other challenges like divorce among the parents, adultery, early marriages, incest and child abuse which are faced by families today.

Nakadama added that high levels of indiscipline among children is mostly caused by mothers who do not give enough time to their families, who are always busy and never talk to their children. She called it poor upbringing of children.

She called upon all family stakeholders most especially religious leaders to take part and pay attention to family issues to avoid family break ups.

Present at the ceremony, Pastor Martin Ssempa, a senior pastor in Kampala said the issue of family in Uganda has been neglected a lot by the government allocating it under the Ministry of gender and yet it is a wide issue that needs a full ministry.

He further suggested that government should create a ministry in charge of families and bring all cultural leaders on board.


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