17 August 2016

Hunger ravages villages in Kitgum

KITGUM. At least 12 people in Labolo and Nakwanya-Zaire villages in Orom Sub-county, Kitgum District, have died of hunger in the last one month, councillor Quirino Olum has reported.

“We have lost 12 people as a result of hunger. Many people lost their crops in the recent dry spell.” Mr Olum said.
The councillor made the remarks while receiving relief items that included maize grains, salt, soap, sorghum seeds, maize seeds and cassava cuttings donated to the affected communities by Irene Gleeson Foundation on Tuesday.
He said the most affected villages are Labolo and Nakwanya-Zaire all in Akurumo parish.

The Nakwanya –Zaire village chairperson, Alfred Onek Akin, confirmed the deaths, adding that the district should come to their rescue before more lives are lost.

“In my village, five people have so far died while seven others in the neighboring Labolo village passed away as a result of hunger,” he said.

Mr Marcelin Ali, 56, a resident of Nakwanya-Zaire said residents in the affected villages have begun hunting for wild fruits in order to survive. He appleaded for government intervention.

The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, Mr William Komakech, said they are aware and have tasked the local authorities to compile the list of the affected families.

The numbers
Total number of people who have died of hunger in Kitgum District.



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