Kaberamaido Receives 12,000 KGs of Food Relief

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Jimmy Ebil, the Kaberamaido Resident District Commissioner describes the food relief as part of the wider strategies by government to support the affected population.

Kaberamaido district has finally received 12, 000 kilograms of relief food from government valued at Shillings 33 million.
 
 
Kaberamaido is among the districts battling a severe food crisis resulting from crop failure due to prolonged drought.
 

The most affected areas in the district are Ochero, Bululu, Kobulubulu, Kaberamaido, and Apapai sub counties. With over 5,000 households facing starvation representing about half of the total population in the district, the 12,000 kilograms of flour delivered is far from solving the food crisis.
 
 
Jimmy Ebil, the Kaberamaido Resident District Commissioner describes the food relief as part of the wider strategies by government to support the affected population.


 
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He directed that priority be given to child headed families, widows, households headed by disabled persons, the sick and elderly persons in the food distribution.

 
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Agnes Akello 45, a mother of five asked government to send sufficient food, saying everyone is affected by the dry spell and currently living without food, which makes unfair to help a few people.
 
 
She has resorted to cultivating other people's gardens in exchange for food or money to support her family. Tony Ebau wants government to provide residents with fast growing crops as opposed to relief food.

 
Statistic from Kaberamaido district disaster management indicates that more than 7,000 people are starving. According to the national population and housing census 2014, Kaberamaido district has about 213,374 people.
 


Just last week parliament asked government to declare a state of emergency in areas of Lango, Teso and Karamoja sub regions, which are battling a food crisis.
 

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.