Children living on the streets should not be left out as country battles COVID19-Activists appeal
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The Civil Society Organisations working with children have appealed to government to focus food distribution on Street connected children AfriChild, one of the leading organisations in research on the lives of the African Child, is concerned that while government undertook to distribute food to the vulnerable, the intervention may not reach some of the most vulnerable category, specifically the street connected children. They applaud government efforts undertaken to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Uganda through the several measures put in place. The organisation’s Executive director Timothy Opobo says between 8,000-15,000 children live on the streets of Uganda, majority being in Mbale and Kampala areas. According to the 2019 Child Rights Now report by Joining Forces, approximately 12.3% of children are orphans, 16% are involved in child labour with over 50,000 children living outside family care. He states that with the current mode of food distribution of door to door, some of these children, who do not live in designated settlements, will not get the much needed government aid. He appeals to the government and the COVID-19 task force to ensure that Children living on the street, Orphans, Child headed households, Children involved in Child labour and Children living with elderly and sick guardians are reached during food distribution.