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MPs demand seedlings to ward off famine

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | MPs want government to urgently distribute seedlings to avert the famine in the country. Kilak North County MP, Anthony Akol, said that the long dry spell has left Ugandan farmers without seeds, despite the current rainy season. “This month of August is the right time that …

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Hunger forces HIV patients to abandon treatment

Otuke, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | People living with HIV in Otuke district are discontinuing the uptake of Anti-Retroviral Drugs (ARVs) due to hunger. The area has suffered a prolonged drought that has resulted in food insecurity which has left thousands of people starving. Most of the affected persons are the elderly, …

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Starving Karamojong seek food in Otuke district

Otuke, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 40 Karamojong have crossed into Otuke district in search of food. The group comprising women, young girls, and children from Kotido district have taken shelter at Okwongo Church of Uganda and Okwongo Primary School in Okwongo town council, Otuke district. John Bosco Dagama …

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’Coordinate response to famine-stricken Karamoja’

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The famine in Karamoja continues to raise concern among leaders, and this time, the Speaker Anita Among is calling for a well-coordinated approach to address the calamity that is threatening lives of over 500,000 people. “Let us have this approach to solve the drought in the …

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Acholi leaders ask gov’t for relief aid

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Leaders from Acholi sub-region have asked the government to support their people with relief aid as the region grapples with famine. The leaders say that while the government specifically plans to support the Karamoja region with relief aid, the region is also in dire need …

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Crops wither in Acholi as second rainy season delays

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is looming fear of famine in several areas of the Acholi sub-region as crops are withering away due to the delayed return of the second rainy season. The region hasn’t received adequate rainfall for more than a month now, leaving many farmers distraught as …

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Karamoja food crisis worsens

Donors urged to invest in both emergency response and long-term solutions ANALYSIS | RONALD MUSOKE | Insecurity, cattle rustling, COVID-19 after shock, rising food prices, climate change and limited resources are some of the factors pushing thousands of Karimojong households into destitution, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification …

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Famine drives hundreds of Karamojong to Agago

Agago, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Hundreds of women and children from Karamoja have fled to Agago district due to famine and insecurity in their homeland. Mohamed Okwir, the Adilang sub-county LC III chairperson, says that the Karamojong started arriving in the district in droves over the weekend and more are …

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Farmers count losses in Rwimi sub county as hailstorm destroys gardens

Bunyangabu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Farmers in Rwimi sub county, Bunyangabu district are counting losses after a hailstorm ravaged their gardens. This follows days of heavy rains experienced in the district since Saturday, affecting Gatyanga and Nyabwina parishes in Rwimi town council. 60 acres of crops especially bananas were destroyed. …

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