11 Die of Hunger in One Week in Karamoja Top story

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James Akol, the Lotome sub County chairperson, says the situation is getting worse every day. He explains that 11 people have died in his area, Naregae village in the last few days. He identifies some of them as Angella Apalakori and Ngiro Nabur. Others are Lemukol Maria, Sagal Atukon and Mudong Atuko among others. He appeals to government to find a solution to escalating death in Napak district.

Hundreds of peoples’ lives in Karamoja especially children and the elderly are struggling to cope with the current food shortages as hunger sweeps through the sub region.
 
So far 11 people have died in Napak in the last few weeks with several unconfirmed hunger deaths reports also in Moroto district respectively.
 
A survey carried out by Uganda Radio Network indicates that most families eat one meal every 48 hours. Some households have now resorted to feeding the elderly and children on beer residues to avert deaths. Those who can have abandoned their homes for the green belts.
 
James Akol, the Lotome sub County chairperson, says the situation is getting worse every day. He explains that 11 people have died in his area, Naregae village in the last few days. He identifies some of them as Angella Apalakori and Ngiro Nabur. Others are Lemukol Maria, Sagal Atukon and Mudong Atuko among others. He appeals to government to find a solution to escalating death in Napak district.
 
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Moses King, the Tapac Sub County Community Development Officer in Moroto district says  though there have been some rains, his area has not received any.  He says families cleared hundreds of acres but they could not plough due to the hard ground. He adds that most people have migrated to mining sites though with little hope of surviving on stone breaking. He notes that some have crossed to Kenya into Pokot land to survive on the relief in Kenya.
 
Frank Tumwesigye, the District Police Commander Napak, calls for an investigation into the deaths to ascertain the cause. He notes that a dozen people dying in a spate of one month, could be a disease outbreak in the area.
 
Meanwhile, Musa Ecweru, the Disaster Preparedness Minister tells Uganda Radio Network by phone that a crisis meeting was held on Tuesday with donor partners. He added that they have put in place mechanisms that will help government curb the food crisis in Karamoja but would not say more.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.