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Nsanje’s Kuchene Women Forum Vows to Fight GBV in Flood Survivors Camps

She spoke over the weekend when the organization provided food and non-food items to Bangula flood survivors’ camp She spoke over the weekend when the organization provided food and non-food items to Bangula flood survivors’ camp - pic by Alfred Guta

A women’s rights organization in Nsanje district, Kuchene Women Forum, has vowed to fight against acts of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the district’s flood survivors camps.

The organization’s director, Mary Namalomba told Zodiak Online, “as an organization, women led, which safeguards the rights of women and girls, we want sanity in the evacuation camps.

“Some people, particularly duty bearers’ take advantage of women and girls' vulnerability to sexually abuse them in exchange for humanitarian support.

“So we will sensitize duty bearers to avoid such acts. We are taking the exercise to various evacuation camps in the district.”

She spoke over the weekend when the organization provided food and non-food items to Bangula flood survivors’ camp with financial support from IHART.

Namalomba said, “we are duty bound to timely assist disaster hit women and girls. We have so far contributed 40 bags of maize, cooking oil, bath soap and laundry soap saying such a gesture is critical in alleviating their suffering.”

Meanwhile, Stella Davie, camp Chairperson, has hailed the move but called for more support as the camp is hosting over 5000 households from the areas of Traditional Authorities Mlolo and Mbenje.

“We need extra food because people are starving here. Issues of menstrual hygiene should also be considered as there are a lot of girls who lost their belongings.

“They need sanitary pads, soap and clothes among others, so their hygiene is not compromised,” lamented Davie.

District Commissioner, Dominic Mwandira says the exercise of reaching out to the affected people with food and non-food items, “has just started and is an ongoing process.”

In Nsanje, Tropical Cyclone Freddy has claimed eleven lives, fifteen missing with 12 injuries recorded, a situation report indicates.

According to the report, 126,580 people are currently seeking shelter in 57 camps.

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