Tororo, Uganda, Aug 25, 2016 / 23:02 pm
An archdiocese in southeastern Uganda aims to eliminate domestic violence.
“It’s a concern for the family, it’s a concern for the society, above all, it’s a concern for the Church, and we cannot keep quiet,” Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo of Tororo told the Catholic News Agency of Africa Aug. 17.
He said domestic violence is a major challenge present “in almost every family” in his diocese.
The archbishop lamented violence between spouses as well as child beating and the defilement of children.
“Young girls are not free to live in this society,” Archbishop Obbo said.
Now the Archdiocese of Tororo is taking action. With clergy, vowed religious and catechists, the archbishop said, “we are trying to do what we can, from the grassroots to my office, to see that domestic violence is reduced to zero.”
The archbishop has established a chaplaincy for domestic violence in each deanery of his archdiocese to oversee the campaign, and there are also domestic violence committees at each parish.
Archbishop Obbo said the committees draw people who have suffered or committed abuse to help parishioners consider what causes domestic violence and learn how to seek non-violent solutions to challenges.