The people of Karamoja are dying of hunger and hunger-related illnesses after earth cracking draught hit the semi-arid sub-region leaving it with no food crops planted and no harvests.
Pictures of people in Karamoja succumbing to the pangs of empty stomachs surfaced online prompting humanitarian responses from the government through the Office of the Prime Minister and other well-wishers.
This weekend, the people of Karenga town in Karenga district in Karamoja were blessed with food hampers donated by Leela Foundation, a Kampala-based Non-Government Organization. The hampers had beans, posho, sugar, salt, Millet and a cup.
And for the Karamoja food donations, Leela Foundation partnered with Namoe & Company Limited together with Lilly Rose Akello, the Minister of Ethics and Integrity to gift over 1, 000 families with food packages.
Okiro Ben Angelo, a community leader, was happy about the donation from Leela Foundation and pleaded for more support. “I want to request you, people, that when I knock on your door, please open and support us. We shall keep praying for you people so that you can support us. We are thankful for the donation,” Angelo said.
Juhi Barot, the director of the Leela Foundation noted that the food insecurity and malnutrition problems in Karamoja are getting worse each passing day as famine takes its toll on the region.
“Hundreds of people in Karamoja are dying with hundreds of thousands more in a dire situation facing starvation due to factors related to inadequate food access, poor diet and more,” Juhi explained.
“Please let’s join hands with Leela Foundation in supporting and helping our brothers and sisters in the Karamoja region,” she pleaded.
She called out for more partners to come on board in ensuring that more food resources are generated for the second phase of food supplies from Leela Foundation to the people of Karamoja.
The NGO founded in 2019 focuses on community services, education, organizing fun events for children, counselling services and the go green initiative.