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Family married to Kagombe forest

By Gerald Tenywa

Added 2nd February 2016 09:25 AM

“I do not want to stay in this place but my husband told me he had a lot of land in Kibale."

Family married to Kagombe forest

(Photo by Gerald Tenywa)

“I do not want to stay in this place but my husband told me he had a lot of land in Kibale."



Anne Ninsiima wants to live the life of most modern women in Kampala. She wants to cook on gas or electricity and also visit a saloon for hair treatment.

But such amenities are not available in Kagombe forest reserve in Kibale located about 300 kilometers away from Kampala.

So when she is going to visit her peers she ties a dirty piece of cloth on her hair.

 

She is still breast feeding a one-year-old boy because she does not have access to nutrition supplements.

The older children are easily irritated and look miserable.

"I do not want to stay in this place but my husband told me he had a lot of land in Kibale," she says, adding that because of the man's "wealth" she accepted.

"This is what I have got out of the lies."

Her husband abandoned her with four children. He took off the moment he smelt an advancing patrol team from the National Forestry Authority (NFA) together with Police and UPDF were looking for them.

 

 

 

 

Ninsiima is one of the hundreds of encroachers staying in Kagombe forest reserve in western Uganda.

The 11,000-hectare forest reserve which is a migratory corridor for elephants and chimpanzees has been under rampant encroachment in the last three years.

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