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Uganda costs US mother and father over torture of foster son

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The couple, each 32 years outdated, had been charged on Friday and remanded to Luzira Jail, a most safety facility on the outskirts of the capital Kampala, police mentioned in a press release.

The fees allege that the couple “always tortured” the boy between 2020 and 2022, with neighbours sounding the alarm for the kid who attended a faculty for youngsters with particular wants in Kampala.

When police raided the home, they discovered CCTV proof exhibiting that the kid was pressured to squat in an “awkward place”, served solely chilly meals and made to sleep on a “picket platform, with no mattress or bedding,” the assertion mentioned.

The boy was one in all three youngsters fostered by the couple, who arrived within the East African nation in 2017 to volunteer at a US-based non-profit within the city of Jinja earlier than shifting to Naguru, an upmarket Kampala suburb, to work at a start-up.

Worldwide adoptions have sparked controversy in Uganda. In 2020, the US authorities filed prison costs and imposed financial sanctions towards a US-based adoption ring that positioned Ugandan youngsters who weren’t orphans with households in the USA.