Pictorial; Dry weather Upsets Karamoja

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The ongoing dry weather season is posing significant challenges for the communities in Karamoja sub region.

With no drop of rain over the last eight weeks, crops have withered, shallow-wells are low on water while others have run dry due to the sweltering heat. Migrations have also started earlier than expected as pastoralists search for water away from the land of the nomads once characterized by armed conflict and cattle rustling.

One Losike, a peasant from Nakadeli parish, Rupa Sub County says farmers this year could have scored good yields if rains had persisted adding that households had settled down to plant crops.

Francis Okwii, the District Agricultural Officer Moroto says the season began with great rains , but as soon as the planting target hit, the rain stopped. The last time Karamoja had a trace of measurable rain was in the months of April.

Uganda Radio Network now brings photographic evidence of the current dry weather spell in Karamoja

 

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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.