Life in the Karamojong Settlement Camp in Katwe
Precarious life in Kampala is mostly associated with slums and low-end areas especially in Katwe, Namuwongo, Kisenyi, Kitolo in Entebbe among others. There is little knowledge of the isolated settlements in the city. One of these settlements is the Karamojong settlement camp in Katwe II zone just a few meters from Nsambya Kampala road. There are over one thousand Karamojong living in these areas as estimated by the area chairperson Michael Kitteny.
Rafiki Social Vision, an NGO that deals with empowering women and children visited this community of distressed men, women, and children who escape harsh climate, famine, and conflicts in Karamoja to find safe haven in Kampala.
According to Micheal Kitooke, a member of Rafiki Social Vision, these people’s life is worrying, they sleep in very poor iron made huts and houses and the shelter above their heads are not proper.
Rafiki Social Vision donated clothes, shoes, and food to this community but this did not prove enough.
A lot of children are exposed to the polio threat as well as their parents and the inadequacy of medical facilities make it big a problem since most of the people in this community are injured or sick but unable to find a remedy for their pain and suffering.
Women and young girls produce at will and delivery are done in their decrepit residence. Majority of the mothers in this place are between 15 and 28 years old.
Parents have no resource to send children to school only to let them go begging on the streets of Katwe, Kansanga, Nsambya and in the middle of Kampala city as the only way of survival.
When you visit this community, the people are hospitable but engulfed in an intricate mess. They are distressed, surrounded by agony and pain with very little in the way of provisions.
The disaster-stricken Karamojong have to live helplessly in absolute poverty relying on the aid of strangers and begging. This is one of the communities that have attracted sympathy from Rafiki Social Vision and there is a need for other similar organizations to intervene.
If you feel for those dealing with the hardship of life like the Karamojong community in Katwe zone, your donations, sponsorship for children in both school dues and scholastic material or any engagement can change lives of the Karamojong and other people seeking refuge in Katwe II zone Kampala giving them a new hope for a better and brighter future.