Several children in Kotido district have abandoned
their elderly parents in their homes as hunger continues to ravaging Karamoja
A mini survey by our reporter in Kotido indicates that the
most energetic youth and women have migrated to the neighboring Agago district
to provide paid labor to earn a living.
Others are in Otukei and some districts of
Teso. In Loposa and Rikitae Parishes, a number of elders have
starved to death according village leaders.
At least six people in Panyangara Sub County
have reportedly died from hunger related illnesses since March this year, according
to the Senior Assistant Secretary, Panyangara, Christine Aleper.
Some of the deceased have been identified as Otel Lomoi from
Rikita and Nyacho Kalawas. Others are Nakoru Lawal of Loputuk village, Potel
Lomoe and Apichi, both residents of Loposa in Panyangara Sub County.
Our reporter saw how two old women in Nakongomutu West were
starving with barely any food to eat. The elderly women could barely support
themselves or move from where they lay. Some sleep in open huts.
Aleper Namuogo, who is in her 70s was recently rescued by
neighbors after her daughter in-law abandoned her in the family home and moved
to Agago district.
She survives on porridge and local brew alias ebutiya served
by neighbors and well-wishers occasionally.
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Loyeng Longoli, another elder aged about 80 years is living
with his two grandchildren. The elder has resorted to wild fruits and tree
leaves collected by his grandchildren for survival.
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Ambrose Lotukei, the Kotido District Chairperson, says the
most affected Sub Counties are Panyangara, Nakapelimoru and Rengen, although
the hunger situation has affected the entire district.
An assessment carried out by the District Production
Department indicates that at least 155, 000 people are facing starvation in
Kotido district after gardens of sorghum were destroyed by meadow spittle bug
The pest destroyed more than 18,500 acres of sorghum and
maize, the only staple food in Kotido. This rendered 76.3 percent of the
population food insecure by January, 2019 according to the food security
assessment carried out in July, last year.
Last month, OPM sent 250 bags of maize and 50 bags of beans
to Kotido for the most vulnerable households.
The Chinese food donation launched last month in
Nakapiripirit district has not yet reached Kotido district. China offered
10,000 tons of rice for the hunger stricken people across Karamoja.