The residents,’ plight stems from a prolonged drought and lately flash floods that destroyed hundreds of acres of maize plantation in Bikonge Sub-county, Bulambuli district.
Starving residents of Bulambuli have painfully turned to selling off their land to raise money for food.
The prolonged drought and flash floods destroyed hundreds of acres of maize plantation in Bikonge Sub-county, Bulambuli district, plunging the residents into a wave of stravation.
The drought left more than 4000 households without food.
People facing starvation have been forced to sell land which is their only prized asset to raise money to buy food.
Joseph Issa, of Buwechalo village one of the worst hit areas explains that they first began by selling domestic animals but when the famine persisted they were left with no option but to resort to selling land to raise money for food.
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Issa says several families are at the brink of starvation and cites an example of an 85-year-old Damascus Tindya who is currently in critical condition as a result of spending days without eating.
Paul Kimat, the LC3 Chairperson of Bikonge Sub-county, says that government has not responded to the request made by the local leaders for relief food to be given to the victims.
Kimat says government last distributed food aid to some of the victims in July and since then the residents have been left to starve.
The only help the residents are receiving is from a Non Governmental Organization-Salvation Army.
Major Alison Thompson the team leader of Salvation Army says they are currently providing food aid to 4000 households.
Each household receives only 15 kilograms of posho and ten of beans each month.
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