By Ivan Mwine
The government has confirmed that at least 226 people have died of starvation in Karamoja sub-region in the past few month.
The saddening confirmation was made by John Longolio, the Town Clerk of Nabilatuk Town Council, who wrote a notification dated July 20th, 2022 to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Nabilatuk District.
The document titled DEATH NOTIFICATION AS RESULT OF FAMINE, reads in part thus;
This is to bring to your attention death occurrences in all the five (5) wards of Nabilatuk town council as a result of lack of food due to the famine situation.
Data on death has been submitted by the Principal Town Agents through the offices of Local Council ones (LC1)…”
The notification indicates that 41 people died in Naupala Ward, 61 died in Central Ward, 78 in Arengesieo Ward, 31 in Lolet Ward and 15 in Natopojo Ward, bring the death toll to 226.
Longolio adds that; “With the current situation at hand, we request the district disaster management committee to lobby for any support from donors to avert the starvation of the community.”
It should however be noted that the government mid last month dispatched 790 metric tonnes of relief food to Karamoja Sub-region, to in a bid to avert calamity.
The Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hilary Onek, flagged off 552 metric tonnes of maize flour and 238 metric tonnes of beans at the Office of Prime Minister Stores in Namanve, Wakiso District and said more food would be dispatched.
That was the second time the government was sending food to Karamoja in two weeks after having sent 2,000 metric tonnes earlier.
Onek said the food is targeting 600,000 people in Kotido, Kaabong, Moroto, Napak, Karenga and Nabilatuk districts that are worst hit by famine.
The move however came a few days after the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine had dispatched food to Karamoja.