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The Uganda Kampala Mission includes Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan. Our assignment covers all the areas except Ethiopia.

Monday, July 13, 2009

LATEST CRISIS IN UGANDA...

The following article appeared in yesterday's newspapers. Soroti and Amuria are where we took tools and seeds for planting in May. Unfortunately, it has not rained there since then. We are meeting with Cabinet Ministers tomorrow to see what we can do. The Emergency container we had ordered for the refugee camp just arrived here Friday but contains no food items. We will have to see what tomorrow brings...

Two million people at risk of starvation in Uganda

THE NEW VISION | BUKEDDE | ORUMURI | RUPINY | ETOP | SUNDAY VISION | BUKEDDE KU SSANDE

Saturday, 11th July, 2009

BY HERBERT SSEMPOGO


OVER two million people in North, Eastern and West Nile are at risk of starvation, the Uganda Red Cross has announced.

The agency yesterday stated that Kitgum, Katakwi, Bukedea, Kumi, Soroti, Amuria, Koboko, Adjumani, Nebbi, Arua and parts of Kibaale are the worst hit areas.

Michael Nataka, the Uganda Red Cross secretary general, yesterday attributed the famine to prolonged draught, out of season planting, the ripple effect of the 2007 floods that ravaged Eastern Uganda and changes in weather patterns. The statement follows an evaluation tour of the affected areas.

“In some areas where farmers planted early, the crops were thriving. But you find in the same village crops are withering in other gardens because people planted late,” Nataka stated.

“The region has never recovered from the flooding, which affected the cycle of storing seeds. There is also lack of adequate information about the weather. People are relying on seasons that have since changed.”

Children, elderly, sick and the children-headed households are the worst hit individuals, according to Nataka.

The Red Cross, however, noted that all of the deaths recorded in the affected areas were not as a direct result of hunger. For example, in Adwari, Lira district six people who succumbed to HIV/AIDS and another four who died of old age had been attributed to hunger.

Accordingly, the agency has launched an emergency appeal for sh5.6bn to feed 50,000 people. The Red Cross plans to raise 3030 metric tons of food to provide relief in the hunger-stricken areas. Well-wishers may deposit monies on Standard Chartered Bank account number 0108213406906 while others may contribute food in kind.

URCS, he added, had provided its store in Ntinda, a city suburb where the donations in kind would be stored before dispatch. Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Bildard Baguma said that they would first focus on the worst hit areas before rolling out to other areas.

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1 comment:

lil mama said...

Hi! My name is Burgess and I just came across your blog when I was googling LDS church in Africa.

I just went with a Christian organization to Swaziland in July to volunteer at a children's home there. I was wondering if there are any orphanages run by the church where you are, or anywhere in Africa that you know of. I'll check your blog again for any response or you can email me directly -- ewtonfamily@msn.com. Thanks!

"Everything must have a beginning"

"Everything must have a beginning"
Children at an orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda. There are so many children here it is incredible; there are orphans everywhere. The people take them in and it is not unusual to see families struggling with 8-10 children. We talked to a woman yesterday who has taken in twelve children. She said, "sometimes I feel sad that I cannot do more, but everything must have a beginning". We have decided to use that as our personal reminder to guide our actions here as we try to help.