In a period of five months, Nabilatuk district in Karamoja sub region registered the deaths of 226 people as a result of hunger.
Mr.John Longolio, the town clerk of Nabilatuk town council, stated that from March to July of this year, 226 people died in Nabilatuk town council.
He said the most affected areas in the town council include Naupala, Centrol Ward, Arengesiep Ward, Lolet Ward, and Natopojo Ward.
Longolio noted that 41 people died in Naupala ward, 61 died in Central ward, 78 died in Arengesiep ward, 31 died in Lolet ward, and 15 died in Natopojo ward, bringing the total number of 226 people dead to a total of 226.
He explained that the figures were generated by the village/wards chairpersons.
“We are appealing for immediate intervention to address the situation,” he said.
Timothy Lokut, Lc1 secretary for defense in Natopojo ward, said many people are likely to die, adding that the situation is really bad.
“I have 30 people in my village who are badly off; any time they will die,” he said.
According to Paul Lokol, the district chairperson of Nabilatuk, the entire district is affected, and many people have died but have not been documented in the district.
He said the current hunger is behind all the rampant cattle theft and burglary across the region.
“We appeal to the government to do general food distribution in Karamoja because the entire region is affected and no household is okay in terms of food security,” he said.
This is not the first time the Karamoja region has faced a food shortage; every year the region faces a food shortage due to the prolonged dry seasons that the region experiences.
Last month, the office of the prime minister delivered some relief food to the affected families, but the food could not reach all the affected families.