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Relief Food Delays Irk Karamoja Leaders

Research shows that most of the households in the region have depleted their essential livelihood assets, including consuming seed stocks to cope with the situation partly brought about by the erratic effects of a changing climate. Children in the region are malnourished and many, on a daily basis are succumbing to starvation.
Amother and the child infront her Manyatta starving in Lotisan Sub county Moroto district

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Karamoja sub-region leaders are concerned about delays in the implementation of the multi-billion hunger project designed to provide food relief for the region where famine has left hundreds dead and thousands hungry in recent months.

The government, through the Office of the Prime Minister, started relief food distribution to districts across the region last month. However, the food only went to those classified as the most vulnerable, while the rest of the population was advised to wait for the 135 billion Shillings hunger project which will run for the next three months.

But Nabilatuk District Chairperson Paul Lokol says that they have never received the money, a month after it was reportedly released from the government, yet hundreds of lives remain on the line as the food security situation continues to deteriorate.

Research shows that most of the households in the region have depleted their essential livelihood assets, including consuming seed stocks to cope with the situation partly brought about by the erratic effects of a changing climate. Children in the region are malnourished and many, on a daily basis are succumbing to starvation.

Lokol said that the delay in general food distribution is causing deterioration of the humanitarian situation and people are dying.  He said it’s embarrassing when government officials decide to take their own time to plan about the food procurement process and distribution even with life at stake.

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David Lochokon, an Elder in Matany town council noted that hunger reached its peak in the month of May and it's surprising that the government is still struggling to deliver food aid to the people. ‘’We have shouted over hunger, the government heard our cry and released money for the procurement of food relief but it’s now three weeks we have not seen food arriving in karamoja.’’ Lochokon lamented.

Lochokon faulted the area Members of Parliament for failing to advocate for their people to get support from development partners as opposed to relying on the government which does not seem committed to saving the people.

John Bosco Akore, the Secretary of Kotido Elders Council said the situation is getting worse in Kotido district yet they are not sure if the government is willing to help them. According to Akore, an estimate of 502 people in the three sub-counties are on the verge of dying and losing all those people is distressing when the government is capable of rescuing them.

He said at this injury time, they need food assistance from any well-wisher despite their religion or political background.

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Mary Goretti Kitutu, the Minister for Karamoja affairs confirmed that 2,000 metric tons of maize flour and beans had been delivered to different sub-counties in the region. She said the food was meant for Elderly, Children and breast feeding mothers being the priority.