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FAMINE KILLS 181 IN NAPAK

By George Emuron

NAPAK: Authorities in Napak district have disclosed that a total of 181 people have died in the district due to the continuous famine in Karamoja region.

The district natural resource officer Paulina Peter Lokong who doubles as district disaster secretary revealed that the deaths started being reported in the months of April and May this year when 46 death cases were registered.

Lokong added that surprisingly during the district council meeting held last Thursday, the the latest report indicated that a total of 181 people have died due to famine in the district.

“This situation puts the district at a risk, people lack what to eat and it has even increased insecurity in the area since most of the people have now resorted to stealing”, said Lokong.

Lokong further added that much as the nongovernmental organisations are supporting the victims, most of the sub counties in the districts are affected.

“So far we have received food relief support from twenty one partners but we still seek for more, the majority of the communities are affected”, added Lokong.

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Dr. Micheal Okwakol, the director of African Church Empowerment Ministries in partnership with Baptism World Aid, a locally based Community based organisation in Kumi, who delivered 50 bags of maize flour and 30 bags of beans, observed the need for more and urgent food relief to Karamoja region since many people there are in dire need for it.

John Lokure, the Matany sub county chairperson revealed that the residents in his sub county have resorted to eating raw sunflowers to survive.

“We thank African church empowerment ministries for this support given to my people of Morulinga parish, the few have got but many are in dire need, I want to appeal to the government to give a hand, our people are dying”, said Lokure.

Napak has no green pasture as of now and all the valley dams and water channels have dried up.

Alex Owunya, the Napak principal human resource officer, says the district is likely to register more deaths since most of the families there lack food.

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