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Problems facing the Diocese
The problems facing the Diocese are the same as those facing the country. The main problems are spiritual, socio-economic, health and paucity of information. The Diocese is addressing these problems.
This diocese, like the rest of the country, has experienced moral decay. This started in the 1970s, during the Amin era in which life was desecrated, the economy was ruined, education debased, and so forth. It may be recalled that during this period, state agents killed the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda in cold blood. Spiritual problems include, among others, alcoholism and sexual immorality.
Socio-economic problems are poverty, population explosion, illiteracy especially among women and youth, soil erosion and infertility, environmental degradation, lack of quality seeds, transport and communication, orphans and street children, failure to tap existing resources, and others.
With an estimated national per capita income of US$300 and 35 percent of the population living below the poverty line, Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world. The literacy rate stands at about 62 percent, life expectancy at 44, and infant mortality rate at 97 per 1,000 live births.
It was estimated that over 200,000 people in the Diocese are available for work but there are no employment prospects. Of these, about 150,000 do farm and related work; 12,000 are service workers; 5,000 engage in craft-work; and 1,800 are professionals.
The majority of people in the Diocese derive their livelihood from agriculture. The high population density in the Diocese, land fragmentation, traditional agricultural practices of using a hoe and panga, non-use of improved seeds and fertilizers, and production of law value crops mainly for subsistence purposes with little surplus for sale, has left people employed in the agricultural sector quite poor.
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