Church Donates Food to Rukungiri Hunger Victims

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The items include; 16 bags of beans, 80 bags of posho and 85 kilogrammes of salt. Bwambara Sub County is among areas in western region suffering the consequences of the long dry spell. So far, famine has left twenty people dead and hundreds others have migrated to other areas.

God's Embassy Ministries, a Pentecostal church in Rukungiri has donated food relief items to people affected by hunger in Bwambara sub county, Rukungiri District.
  
The items include; 16 bags of beans, 80 bags of posho and 85 kilogrammes of salt. Bwambara Sub County is among areas in western region suffering the consequences of the long dry spell. So far, famine has left twenty people dead and hundreds others have migrated to other areas.
  
Some people are forced to prepare pawpaw leaves as sauce.
  
Pastor Onesmus Ngoboka, the head of God's Embassy Ministries, says that the food relief items were bought from the money which well-wishers under the church willingly contributed.  Ngoboka says that the food is being given to families affected by hunger. He says that this is part of church work to save people from continuously being killed by hunger.
  
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Gaudesia Tuziine, one of the affected people from Nyakatembe B Cell in Kikarara Parish, says that although she had planted maize, millet and beans she never harvested anything after they were all destroyed by the long dry spell.
  
Enock Kabarebe, the Bwambara sub county chairperson, says that famine has also led to an increase in school dropout rates in the area. Kabarebe says some who persist only attend from morning to lunch time and disappear.
  
He says that although they have been requesting the government to start donating relief food to schools so that it can attract learners, they are yet to receive any response. He also expresses optimism that relief food donated by God's Embassy Ministries will help people survive for weeks.
  
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Andrewson Kateebire, the Rukungiri District Chairperson hailed the media saying that it has played a big role in disseminating information about the impact of hunger across the country. He adds that it has led the government and other good Samaritans to wake up and start delivering food to affected families.
  
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Last month, the government delivered 500 bags of rice valued at 100 million shillings to the affected people in Bwambara.
  
Several districts across the country are grappling with a severe food crisis resulting from crop failure due to prolonged drought. The crisis was worsened by the fall armyworm outbreak, which destroyed maize gardens.

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.