Rains Bring Hope To Thirsty Karamoja

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Fairly extensive rains pounding several parts of Karamoja have raised hopes among the community after over 15 months of drought.

A visit to the villages in Nadunget Sub County, residents were busy harvesting white ants, picking a variety of green vegetables and most significant the planting season that has taken off in most parts of the region.

Ilukol Rose Mary, a resident of Naitakwae village, Nadunget Sub County says 2016 is a blessed year. She adds when rivers wash away people and white ants are in abundance that means no more hunger in Karamoja. She continues to say that harvested white ants are going to be kept for her husband who has been in the kraal in the jungles looking after animals for over a year now. She says when he comes back that is the first meal he will taste at home.

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[When the rains come like this and we harvest white ants, this is an indicator that the year will be blessed. Now am going to fry the ants, dry them, mix them with cow ghee and ground nuts for future use-Emuna. This is the most significant food in Karamoja and you cannot eat alone without your husband. We also expect this year to harvest a lot of sorghum though rains have delayed]

Peter Lotyang, a resident of North Division says cultivation has taken off and the future for Karamoja looks bright after months of drought in the region.

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Francis Okwii, the District Agricultural Officer Moroto acknowledges that the rains are still insufficient saying some villages are still dry. He however encourages farmers to continue opening up land and planting crops.

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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.