Uganda Hunger AlertPosted by: admin | Posted on: July 31, 2008
Despite announcements of recent ceasefires, fighting and attacks on civilians in Northern Uganda continues, including raids by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.on displacement camps and refugee settlements.
The violence has left more than 800,000 people in urgent need of food aid – a significant increase on the 520,000 displaced people WFP was assisting in July 2002.
Thousands of people have lost their homes and belongings. Crops across the region have been destroyed and harvests have been stolen or destroyed. In some cases farmers have not been able to plant because of the fear of being abducted or killed. This has left hundreds of thousands of people dependent on food aid for the foreseeable future
Many of the victims were already displaced people or refugees, living in absolute poverty in Adjumani, Gulu, Kitgum and Pader districts. Despite the risks, which include attacks on WFP food convoys, albeit under heavy military escort, the Agency is still providing food aid to almost one million people in the north, including IDPs and refugees.
However, a severe lack of resources recently forced the agency to slash rations by 70 percent of the daily food requirement for IDPs, and to 50 percent for the refugees. Emergency appeals to donors and the subsequent response have helped to remedy the situation, but the food pipeline remains fragile.
At the same time. worsening drought in Karamoja district has prompted WFP to assist some 350,000 people until the next harvest is expected in June. If pessimistic rainfall forecasts prove correct, a greater number of people will need food aid as early as September 2003.