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Joseph Komol Midi, the Dodoth North county Member of parliament, says the current insecurity in the region that has forced families to flee fertile areas has worsened the food crisis. He said from the beginning of this year, most families have not had any access to their gardens creating room for food shortage.
23 Jun 2021 11:15
Karimojong women recieving Soya porridge flour from UN WFP in 2018 in Kaabong district,most families are fleeing to Kenya insearch of relief food
Several residents of Dodoth North County in Kaabong District have crossed to Kenya in search of food. Several homesteads across the region are faced with severe food shortage following the prolonged dry spell and acute crop failure in the last and current season. 

Joseph Komol Midi, the Dodoth North county Member of parliament, says the current insecurity in the region that has forced families to flee fertile areas has worsened the food crisis. He said from the beginning of this year, most families have not had any access to their gardens creating room for food shortage.       

He said most families have crossed to Kakuma in North West Turkana where they have registered as refuges to get food.  “In Kenya, once you registered as a refugee in the camp, it’s the responsibility of the government to supply food to the refugees. So our people are now running there so that they get food, which is so bad,” he said.    

John Lokorio, one of the local councillors in Lokitelaarenagn village in Kathile Sub County told URN that the insecurity has displaced hundreds of families. “People used to cultivate in areas of Kamion, Kathile, on top of mount Morungole and the areas of Lokitelaarengan in Kathile south but all these areas have been abandoned and no cultivation has taken place because of cattle rustling,” he said. 

Lokorio appeals to the government to get prepared to provide relief food to the most affected families, adding that soon some people will start dying of hunger.  Timothy Akorio, another resident of Sidok Sub County, said that even the crops that are in the safer gardens have been destroyed by wild animals such as buffalos and elephants from Kidepo national game park.

“The entire Kaabong district is in double trouble and needs urgent attention from the government,” he said.

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