“Where I used to stay, there was a boy of the home who impregnated me but when I reported to his mother, she said her son could not do such a thing.” This is the testimony of 16-year-old orphaned girl Samantha (not real name).
She is just but one of the many innocent young Ugandan girls who have become victims of defilement.
Samantha lives at Wakisa ministries offices located on Albert Cook Road, in Bakuli Kampala, where she is being taken care of with several other teenagers who got unwanted pregnancies.
As fate would have it, Samantha, an orphan, never knew that the place of her guardian where she had sought solace would turn out to be the source of her troubles.
The night of horror
When her parents passed on, Samantha was taken over by her grandmother, who unfortunately, also passed on shortly after. It was at this point that a Good Samaritan woman offered to take care of her at her home in Bajo, Mukono District.
She narrates what happened on the fateful day: “At around 10pm, the 18-year-old boy of the home made his way into our bedroom where I was staying with his sister called Sharon but their mother asked him to get out instructing Sharon to close the door,” Samantha recalls.
Samantha who was then in Primary Three at a school in Seeta, however, says the sister did not heed to the mother’s instruction, leaving the door open because of the heat.
“With the door open, the boy came back at about midnight when I was already asleep on the top decker and his sister on the lower decker. He forced himself on me and I screamed but his sister just turned in her bed but never got up to help me,” Samantha narrates with tears collecting in her eyes.
She says not even the mother of these two responded to her screams but the boy warned her not to tell anyone about what had happened.
In an emotional tone, she says this was the second time the boy was defiling her and it’s when she conceived. But the boy’s family never believed her story.
“When I woke up in the morning, I went and told my guardian… but she told me off, arguing that her son could not do such a thing and was still very young to impregnate anyone,” Samantha shares.
After she was dismissed from this home, one organisation that was supporting her education brought her to Wakisa Ministries where she is now being taken care of. She believes she is about six months pregnant.
The director of Wakisa ministries Ms Vivian Kityo says this crisis pregnancy ministry was set up to come to the aid of such girls who are victims of sexual abuse and have nowhere to go after conceiving.
“Our organisation has helped more than 700 young girls between the ages of 12-20 years, with defilement comprising 80 per cent among girls between 12-16 years of the total numbers often received,” Ms Kityo says.
The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)-Uganda Chapter, is equally concerned about the increase in cases of defilement in the country.
The national statistics as per the 2013 police crime report indicate that 9,598 children were defiled that year, a figure that tallies with ANPPCANs information collected.