By Moise Mbulula Kakule
Uganda announced a second5 total Lock down on June 18, 2021 to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease as the country battled a second wave of the highly contagious disease.
Learning institutions had earlier been closed on June 6 during a partial lockdown. These restriction measures meant to slow transmission of the coronavirus disease, covid-19 has rather had a downside for most average or low income earners in Uganda.
Refugees are among the most affected due to their status and vulnerability in accessing means of livelihoods.
Mrs Luciane Ngole is a refugee from the Democractic Republic of Congo.
Just days after the second lockdown was announced Ngole, her children and husband Mr. Samuel Tshombe all fell ill at once.
With no money in the house, no nearby medical facility and a ban on public transport, Ngole and her husband had no option but to walk with her sick family to a government hospital which is a 6 hours walk away in order to save their lives.
Whereas the government allowed local leaders to allow patients access medical facilities using movement permits, the family did not have the money to foot high transport costs for private transport means at the time.
Her children, ages 3 and 8 could hardly bear the distance. In this report Ngole narrates her story to Refugee and Migration News
‘I have been an urban refugee in Uganda since 2012.
I am a gospel artist and a vocal trainer which I am paid for and it’s my source of income but I can no longer practice this because of the pandemic which has put me and my family through pain and suffering. My family cannot afford basic needs especially health, education and feeding.
We all got sick (me, my husband and our three children), we suffered from malaria and typhoid.
We tried to take the antimalarial tablets at home but our condition got worse and the only option was to go to a hospital which is a 6 hours walk. We would spend 3 hours going and another 3 hours coming back for 7 days of the treatments.
This situation was not easy after having received Quinine and other antibiotics by IV and you have to do another 3 hours on foot to get home with three children.
How the Pandemic is impacting on Education of Ngole’s children.
My children already knew how to read and write. One is in Primary and the other in Kindergarten. But since March 2020 they have not been to school. Much as we try to read and write with them, it is not easy.
I have to also think of what they will eat for the day. I have difficulty in concentrating to teach them.
Waking up every morning not sure if your family will eat or not is my worst nightmare.
Covid-19 impact on Ngoles Career
Professionally, I lost several contracts in line with my singing career which was my only source of income to enable me provide for my family. It has become very difficult now as churches remain closed.
In short COVID 19 has really affected my family. My wish is that this pandemic be brought under control.
I appeals to communities to follow SOPs in order to wipe away Coronavirus from Uganda.
COVID 19 is a reality, let’s respect and follow all the SOP regulations in place and we stay alive for our children.
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