Refugees in Kyangwali Refugee settlement have been advised to report all cases of domestic violence as urgently as possible. The message was delivered by stakeholders at a Mobile Complaint Clinic in Kyangwali Refugee settlement, organised by KRC with financial support from Care International. It was attended by the judiciary, medical, legal and police, who made a strong appeal to refugees to report defilement and rape cases with urgency within 72 hours to ensure that evidence, is tampered with.
This appeal comes at a time when Kyangwali Refugee settlement and Uganda a whole is experiencing high influx of Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently Kyangwali refugee settlement hosts about 50,000 new arrivals bring the total population to 89,000 refugees
The Chairperson Grade 1, Magistrate, Hoima who together with the Lawyer for the Refugee Law project, Medical Doctor from Kituti Health Centre IV, the OC police and the Family and Child Protection Unit officer, Kasonga police station, emphasized truth telling from both the survivor and the perpetrator about incident to ease the case management process. Her worship, the Magistrate, encouraged the refugee community especially the new arrivals to acquaint themselves with the laws of Uganda and should always seek support from relevant authorities like police and other implementing agencies in the refugee settlement.
The refugee community were also asked to throw away their negative traditional practices of marrying off young girls below 18 years of age.
The Mobile complaint handling clinic was organized by Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC) in Partnership with CARE international as means of bringing the gap between the refugee community and the judiciary, legal services, police, medical and other implementing agencies in Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) prevention and response. The Mobile complaint clinic had a number of sessions key among were; taking the refugees through the laws of Uganda, the Ugandan court process, the medical procedures, Legal services and psycho-socio support.
In addition to one on one case handling where a total of15 cases were attended to while other were referred. HIV testing and counselling was done for 50 refugees. Other issues related to food, medical, shelter, education, land for agriculture, general welfare for new arrivals were raised and on spot response given by UNHCR. The mobile clinic was attended by 300(male, female) refugees. Mobile Complaint handling clinic is one of the key activities for the Humanitarian GBV and protection intervention project implemented by CARE international and KRC with funding from the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF)