Scores Dead as Hunger Shatters Karamoja

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Some of the most affected sub counties in Moroto include Rupa, Katikeikile, Tapac and Nadunget. Others in Napak are Ngoleriat, Lokopo and Lopei Sub Counties.

Scores of elderly persons and children have reportedly starved to death in Moroto and Napak districts weeks after government pledged to send emergency food aid to Karamoja.

Some of the most affected sub counties in Moroto include Rupa, Katikeikile, Tapac and Nadunget. Others in Napak are Ngoleriat, Lokopo and Lopei Sub Counties.

Anna Kodet, a mother of four from Longorok village-Kidepo parish, Rupa Sub County says government should come in to rescue the households. She says her children are at stake over poor nutrition adding that they feed them once in two days or survive on water for days.

According to John Baptist Looki, the area MP for Matheniko County, the hunger situation has reached an alarming stage. He warns that if the situation is not handled in the next few days the sub region will slip into famine.

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Looki says hundreds have been forced to cross to Kenya, migrate to mining areas after a failed harvest last season.

Max Lokabenyan, the LC3 Chairperson Nadunget Sub County says the hunger is real and an expeditious move is required to avert death. He adds that he personally saw a child die in Akipeitar village, Acerer parish in his area on Wednesday.
 
Simon Peter Aleper, the Moroto Municipality MP says the situation is equally bad on the outskirts of town. He says at least four people have died and several bed ridden due to hunger in Kambizzi village.

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Robert Jacka, Rupa Sub county chief says his area is facing a life-threatening food crisis. He further says some children are dozed with alcohol to stop them from unnecessary hunger cries, an issue that forces them to slip into unintended sleep.

So far, a couple of weeks have elapsed since President Yoweri Museveni pledged relief aid to the sub-region describing the situation as urgent for food aid response.

 

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.