Several families in Kanungu district are surviving on spear grass locally known as "Omushojwa" for survival as the food crisis bites hard. Residents lost their crops to the prolonged drought, which started in November last year.
The most affected areas are in Kihihi, Nyamirama, Nyakinoni and Nyanga Sub counties. The food crisis has forced residents to resort to the blades of spear grass, which they prepare and eat as food. Allen Kemigisha, a resident of Rwemishinya cell in Nyamirama Sub County, says he hasn't harvested any crops since the area was hit by drought in November last year.
According to Kemigisha, she is struggling to feed her family of five children because she doesn't have money to buy food. As a result, Kemigisha harvests the blades of spear grass, which she prepares for her children. Willy Bakiga, a resident of Kihihi Sub County also says he and other residents also survive on spear grass for survival. He blames the prolonged drought on environmental degradation.
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Gad Byomuhangi, the Kanungu District LC V Vice Chairperson, says one child succumbed to hunger in Matanda Village in Kihiihi Sub County a few weeks ago. Byomuhangi appeals to government to intervene with relief food, saying he has seen families eating the blades of spear grass.
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He also discloses that they approached the Rotary Club of Kihihi, which has already proved Shillings 3 million for the purchase of relief food for distribution to the starving families.
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The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, says government is aware of the food crisis in several parts of the country. He says they will need an access how Kanungu can be included among the areas benefiting from the relief food from government.