in Kotido district have started migrating to nearby districts of Abim and
Teso sub region in search for food as hunger persists
least 200 people have already left Kotodo since Wednesday mainly women
and children who are migrating to seek casual jobs that will enable them to
earn a living.
Lodio, the Kotido district speaker told Uganda Radio Network that the hunger situation in the
district it forcing people to flee trying to look for
survival somewhere else.
said at least two lorries of people are leaving Kotido going to other areas of
Teso, Acholi and Lango on a daily basis.
revealed that there are fears that more people are going to leave their homes
and flee to where they can find hope for survival than waiting for death at
feared that the crisis is more likely to be worse over the coming months
because all the little harvests that were realized have been sold off and there
is no hope for government intervention.
in : ‘’the hunger situation………
out : ‘’……..too too high."//
Choko, the speaker for Longaroe sub county in Kotido district said people did
not cultivate enough last year because of the insecurity and unpredictable
weather that frustrated farmers.
said most families had distant gardens in the bushes and they could not access
them for fear of being attacked by the suspected warriors who took charge of
revealed that even the little food, mostly sorghum, people were forced to sell
off because it was the only available source of money yet families were lacking
other household items and medication.
in: “you know like last……
out: ‘’……..there at the moment’’.//
Naduk, a mother of five children residing in Panyangara sub county said the
food they harvested could not take them for more than two months if stored. She
says they have resorted to move away because government has not kept their promise to supply them with food.
added that if the government does not intervene and distribute food, many lives
might be lost and they cannot wait for that to happen. ‘’They
tell us that the government is bringing food, when they bring they say it is
only for the most vulnerable families and yet we are all staring at the worst
famine," said Naduk.
John Bosco Akore, secretary for the Kotido Elders Council observed that women
and children are fleeing their homes because of persisted insecurity in the
said the warriors have shifted their wrath to women whom they are accused of
revealing their secrets and women have lost their lives forcing several others
to run away in search of refuge. Akore
also blamed the leadership of Kotido district for stopping the people from
running away from the problems which the government has failed to address.
have also learnt that our people are being beaten even from where they have
gone to seek for refuge. I do not know if there is a law in Uganda that
restricts Karamojong from running away when they have problems," added Akore.
in : ‘’the migration is …….
out “ ………away from problems."//
Ambrose Onoria, the resident district commissioner for Kotido confirmed the
incident saying people are migrating not because of hunger but instead to
search for casual labour in order to get money.
said most of the people migrating are widows whose husbands were killed during
raids and the young children who have nothing to support the families. He
also revealed that the government and other development partners have supplied
enough food in Kotido district and it is a shame to see people leaving their
homes in the name of hunger.
said as a district they thought it wise to start restricting the migration of
these people because they were portraying like there is totally no support for
them from the government.
in : ‘’the people are migrating…….
out : ‘’……..there is really no food."//
report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) indicates that
about 518,000 people, approximately 40 percent of the population in the
Karamoja sub-region, are facing high levels of food insecurity.