What are the challenges of the people of Northern Uganda, and girls in particular?
Most girls in my school have lost one parent or both, and their remaining families are living in IDP camps. Sometimes there are seven people to one tiny hut. Often girls are told to leave or given away as brides to reduce the family burden. Such difficulties have led many young girls to turn to prostitution to make money. Many of them drop out of school early because of pregnancy or to take care of the family. Children here live in constant fear of being abducted by rebel soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army or Karamajong raiders. Girls are targeted to serve as wives for the rebels. The IDP camps are crowded, and because of lack of water, standards of hygiene are very low. Cholera outbreaks are common. It’s not easy living in Northern Uganda. People are poor, yet commodities like soap and food are very expensive. What training have you received as a member of the Life Skills Club? I have learnt exciting ways of making people listen to me through drama, music and poetry. I have also