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Kotido Leaders Demand Relief Aid for Hunger Stricken Households

In an emergency meeting convened at Lopeduru Village in Kotido Municipal Council, the chairpersons said some of the most vulnerable members of their communities are severely starving and can’t even afford one meal a day.
Village chairpersons in Kotido District have asked the government to supply relief food to hunger stricken families.

In an emergency meeting convened at Lopeduru Village in Kotido Municipal Council on Thursday, the chairpersons said some of the most vulnerable members of their communities are severely starving and can’t even afford one meal a day.

Acholi Quarters chairperson, Stella Amojong Acan says eight households are in dire need of food assistance. She notes that some of the women have resorted to commercial sex to earn a living. She fears that the practice could expose many women including children to HIV.

Peter Lomuria, the Chairperson LC1 of Lodipidip Village says a woman recently died as a result of hunger. Lomuria adds that another 20 in his village are hunger stricken and could die if no immediate action is taken.

He has asked the district leadership to request for relief food from the government.

Recently, the Office of the Prime Minister sent relief food to Kotido for the most vulnerable persons. However Maria Kokoi, a resident of Entebbe Area, one of the most affected areas says the distribution of food was not fair.

Information from the Chief Administrative Officer Kotido indicates that the food was meant for only 1,411 most vulnerable persons.

Each of the beneficiaries was to receive 17 Kilograms of maize flour and 3.5kgs of beans.

The food assistance was sent after the Kotido LC5 Chairperson, Ambrose Lotukei wrote to the office of the Prime Minister asking for food assistance to feed 155,000 people across the district.

Kotido is hit hardest by hunger due to crop failure following the outbreak of the sorghum middle spittle pest which destroyed over 18, 000 acres of crop gardens last year affecting 155,000 people to famine.

The Woman MP Kotido Margaret Aleper says they are lobbying for more food aid from the government.

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