A Ugandan woman named Pat has written to the Daily Monitor’s Heart to Heart column asking for advice. Here is her inquiry:
"Dear Heart to Heart,
I was in a relationship with the father of my four children for seven years before we separated. My problem is that he does not support the children, especially now that they are in school.
How do I make him attend to his duties because looking after children is not easy?"
Readers responded with their views of how to deal with the situation. Most of them urged her to find ways to be financially independent and raise her kids alone.
However, some asked her to take the issue up with the authorities or even take the children to their father’s family.
Read some of the responses below.
Prossy Carol Amanda: Pray to God to help you raise your children and show you the way. Let that man be.
Grace Twinomujuni Koburunga: Instead of asking how to make a man take care of his children, you should be asking for ways to be self-reliant financially and look after your children.
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Moses Earthe: He wants you to settle the issue that led to separation and you go back to him. Those children need their father, take them back to him.
Ssembatya Danny Simpson: Take the children to their father’s relatives. Whenever you get something, drop it there other than dying of pressure alone.
Magdalen Adeke: Take him to probation or visit any human rights organization near you. Never leave him with your children because men nowadays do not care about children. He will still leave them to suffer or even force them to the streets.
What advice would you give her?
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