2,000 Karimojong Flee to Teso in Search for Food

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Several families in Napak district in the Karamoja sub-region have fled their homes into the Teso region to search for casual jobs.  This follows the current food shortage which is hitting the region herder.

Joseph Lomonyang the Napak LCV Chairperson says that over 2,000 people mainly from six sub-counties of Matany, Lopei, Lokopo, Lorengechora, Iriiri and Apeitolim have crossed to the neighbouring  Teso districts of Amuria, Katakwi, Kapelebyong and Soroti looking for food. 

According to Lomonyang, the number of people to flee the district is most likely to go higher given the current hunger situation.

“Last year very many people planted crops but all the crops got destroyed by floods making our people vulnerable,” he said.

Elijah Lobucel the Lokopo sub-county chairperson said everyday mothers and their children walk while those who can afford the costs, pay for transport to Teso.

“What we are advising them is not to go to Kampala streets but if its going to Teso for work to get food it is not bad since the Iteso are brothers and sisters under Ateker cluster,” he said.

Jimmy Tebenyang the district councillor for Ngoleriet sub-county in Napak district said many children were getting emaciated as a result of lack of enough food.

“There are families where you find children yawning from morning to evening without eating anything and that is why we are calling the government to come for the rescue of people,” he said.

Robert Okitoi the LCV Chairperson Amuria confirmed the presence of Karamoja families in the district and urged the Iteso families to treat the Karimojong as their brothers and sisters.

He also appealed to other district leaders in the Teso region to receive the people of Karamoja with a good heart and share the little they have.

“This is the situation that requires to share, I call upon the people of Amuria and Teso at large that not all the Karimojong are bad people those who are bad disturbing to raid people of Teso and few so we should not victimise every one because the law with deal with those who raiding but let’s support the Karimojong families,” he said.

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