August 6, 2013

Hunger Kills One In Moroto

One person died of hunger in Moroto district on Sunday, the day Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) donated food items to the victims in Napak district.

A Hunger victim eats porridge to quell hunger in Moroto.
A Hunger victim eats porridge to quell hunger in Moroto.

Anna Nyangaita, a 76 year old resident of Old Camp Swahili village, South Division in Moroto Municipality, died on Sunday morning. She had for the last four months been housed by a good Samaritan after her hut collapsed due to heavy rains in Karamoja.

Margret Namoe, a village-mate portrays the incident as unfortunate. She explains that most elderly persons have neither grandsons nor relatives adding that most women settled in the area several decades ago. She appeals to government to provide food to the elderly noting that shillings 24,000 citizen grant is not sufficient.

Sheikh Mohammed Akida, the village chairperson, says for two months now the elderly have not received food. He adds that the UN food agency, WFP, continues to define Moroto Municipality as green belt yet people are dying. He explains that people in the town are also vulnerable adding that many of them cannot fend for themselves citing the high cost of living.

Mark Musooka, the Chairperson Moroto district, however, disputes the cause death describing it as natural and not a result of hunger, since the Office of the Prime Minister gave out relief items two months ago. He asks the police to make sure the dead have post mortems done to ascertain the cause. He adds that a team will move out to review the vulnerability of some families.

However, efforts to talk to Dr. Micheal Omeke were fruitless as his phone was unavailable. At least 10 people have died of hunger related causes in Karamoja since the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile on Sunday, URA donated 110 bags of posho and 44 bags of beans to 500 families affected by hunger in Napak district.

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