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Over 50,000 Households Hit By Food Shortage In Karamoja

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By Steven Ariong

MOROTO: Karamoja region in the north eastern Uganda this year is again facing severe food shortage with several families across the region being at the verge of starving.

This is not the first time that Karamoja is being hit by hunger however; the current situation is worse with little rain fall of last year which could not allow crops to grow.

Karimojong Women On top of a Tree Collecting Wild Leaves To Eat As Hunger Bites –PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

This website visited some of the families in Kotido, Kaabong, Napak, Moroto and Amudat districts and found out that most household live with or without a meal in a day. Others especially breast feeding mothers are forced to climb on top of the trees to get leaves from wild plants to eat.

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Margaret Angolere a mother who have birth two weeks ago told this website that ever since she gave birth, she has not gotten milk for her baby forcing her to look for wild fruits to eat.

“My baby is crying without milk in my breast,  I don’t have any single food in my house to eat”-Angolere told this website.

While Moses Lokut a resident in Kotido says ever since government delivered food to some families in November last year, they have never received any food again.

“Hunger is really taking us even what the government sent to us was too little imagine a family of 10 people to share eight kilograms of posh and 10 of beans’- Lokut tells this website

Another resident Mathew Longole who is the secretary of defense in Loletia village says many people have migrated to the areas of Teso, Lango and Acholi in search for food.

“To make things worse even when our people cross to those neighboring districts, they are chased back to Karamoja because of the history of some of our people who love raiding animals

Presidential affairs committee of parliament is currently investigating the rapid theft of iron sheets, food relief and goats meant for uplifting the living standards of the people of Karamoja but ended up in some ministers’ compounds and others were sold and distributed in Manafwa district home to the minister of Karamoja affairs Mary Goreti Kitutu district.

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