Jenifer Naput, a mother of twins and a resident of Bazza village in Moroto Municipality, said the babies are "over suckling" her yet her breasts have ran dry and cant produce milk due to lack of food.
A Karimojong woman with her daughter collecting wild fruit in the bushes along the border of Karamoja and Turkana.
in Karamoja region are crying to government to help them with food to save the
lives of their babies.
Mothers whom Uganda
Radio Network -URN found mothers who had taken their children for immunization
at Nakapelimen health center III in Moroto Municipality who said that they are
failing to provide milk for the babies due to the current food shortage.
Jenifer Naput, a
mother of twins and a resident of Bazza village in Moroto Municipality, said
the babies are "over suckling" her yet her breasts have ran dry and
cant produce milk due to lack of food.
“We are being advised from the hospital to eat
a balanced diet but to be honest, getting that diet now it’s hard and to make
things worse, the sun has dried up all the places where we used to get greens,”
According to Ms Naput,
sometimes she can starve for one full day without eating anything yet her two
babies need milk.
Mary Nasike, another mother said the NGOs that used to run some programs in the
health centers supporting breastfeeding mother with some food have stopped
after, according to stores she has heard, the government suspended the
operations of their main donor.
“Right now what most
mothers are surviving on is eating wild fruits which are also hard to get because
most fruit trees have dried up.
Ms Melda Losike another mother said the situation is made worse by the
Karimojong culture that puts all the burden on women to be responsible for
providing food, building houses and other domestic work while the work of men
is only impregnate woman and look after animals.
“This culture gives us
hard time because whether you have delivered or not but it is your to ensure
there is food on the table,” she said.
According to the Karamoja culture, it is the
responsibility of the woman to look for food for the family as men take
responsibility of providing security at home and grazing animals.
However the region
lost much if its livestock that used to occupy men, as a result of cattle
rustling. now most men remain lying under trees as women move looking for food.
Ms. Joyce Nachan, a
mother of five and a resident of Pupu village in Rupa Sub County in Moroto
district, said they wake up by 4.am to start walking to the wildness along the
border of Karamoja and Kenya to collect wild fruits and returned back at 3pm.
“Life is not easy especially for the
breastfeeding mothers, you find a woman who gave birth three days ago climbing
a tree to get some wild fruits to cook, and I really wish government could come
to our rescue,” she said.
Ms Christine Akot, the
district LCV vice chairperson for Moroto district confirmed that most families
across Karamoja are starving.
“Government needs to do
something breast feeding mothers and other very vulnerable persons otherwise we
shall soon register death in the region,” she said. According to Ms Akot, the
office of the prime minister is especially responsible to handle the situation.”