25 Orphans left to fend for themselves and all 5 mothers re-marry

Constantine Tamasko died in 2009. He was survived by three wives and more than 12 children. His brother Pinto Gabu whose family of two wives and several children lived in the same homestead took on his brother’s family. In 2010, Gabu died leaving behind the large family of five mothers and their 25 children. Unfortunately, since the demise of the brothers, all five mothers have gradually left the homestead to re-marry elsewhere. The last of the mothers left in 2013 leaving the 25 children (aged 17-5 years) to fend for and raise themselves.

David Motamota, a cousin to these children, reports that they are struggling gravely and need assistance. “Food is a problem. They need to go to school but if they go to school then there is no one to cook for them. They also need to go for casual labour to get some money,” MotaMota, who visited with child-headed family over christmas. The family lives in Oninyara village, Adropui subcounty in Adjumani district. The children’s dire situation compelled Motamota to go the district headquarters to seek help for them. While there, he saw the LC5 chairperson to whom he narrated the story. Unfortunately the district head didn’t have any immediate solutions to offer.

To make matters worse, Motamota who returned to Kampala for his studies at a Mengo institute has since learnt that the eldest child, a 17 year girl, has since married herself off too “because of the difficulties they are facing.” Any individuals or persons willing to help or look into this matter can contact News-Hapa on 0790915464, 0755080023 or editor@newshapa.com for Motamota’s contact information.

- Jan. 21, 2014
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