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Domestic violence in Uganda

The Ugandan Church has set domestic violence at the heart of its Advent. The local Bishops’ Conference has in fact launched the campaign Decisions shared, development shared, happiness shared, in order “to intensify awareness of the problem of domestic violence so as to encourage better behaviour in families while we are preparing to celebrate Christmas”. This was explained by Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, who is also President of the Conference, and who encouraged all Church leaders to pray against this scourge. Therefore from the first Sunday of Advent every parish in the country is called to remember in liturgical celebrations the drama of domestic violence. The campaign against this form of violence began in Uganda 2010. Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, who is also President of the Conference, explained it, encouraging all Church leaders to pray against this scourge. According to official statistics that obviously only concern reported cases, in 2012 there were 2,793 cases of domestic violence with 9,278 victims.

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