NAPAK: Acute Hunger Kills 181 People in 6 Months as Locals Survive on Raw Sunflower

By George Emuron




Authorities in Napak district have disclosed that a total of 181 people have died due to lack of food since April 2022.


This was disclosed by Ms. Paulina Peter Lokong, the Napak District Natural Resource Officer and also District Disaster Secretary last Friday at her office in an exclusive interview with this website.


Lokong the death cases were first started reported in the month of April and May, where 46 deaths were registered.


Ms. Lokong also added that surprisingly during the district council meeting held last Thursday, 27th October, 2022, the report indicated that a total of 181 people have since died due to shortage of food in the district.


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


Ms. Lokong also added that much as the nongovernmental entities are responding towards supporting, most of the sub counties in the districts are affected.


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


Dr. Michael Okwakol, the director of African Church Empowerment Ministries in partnership with Baptism World Aid based in Kumi who delivered 50 bags of maize flour and 30 bags of beans said his delivery is the first consignment.


He said based on the situation that he had ascertained, the Karamoja region requires more relief food support.


John Lokure, Matany sub county chairperson said, in his sub county, the residents survive by eating raw sunflowers as a source of food.


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


This reporter also noticed that Napak has no green pasture as of now and all bridges and water channels have dried up.


Alex Owunya, the Napak principal human resource officer, says the district has a threat of receiving fresh new death cases since most of the families lack what to eat.

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