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Street Children Rounded up in Kampala

Expand Street children in Mbale town, east of Kampala sleep on shop verandas after owners have closed for the day. © 2014 Edward Echwalu 446711 “They took us at night, so we didn’t know where we were being taken,” 11-year-old Jonathan (not his real name) told me. He was one of over 600 children and young adults that police indiscriminately rounded up around Kampala on July 23 and 24 as part of a city-wide exercise by local authorities and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to remove homeless children from the streets and resettle them. The roundups are ostensibly meant to…

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