Hundreds of people have died of famine in Uganda’s Karamoja region, and local leaders say that some people are now eating wild fruits and grasses to survive. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet) estimated that about 518,000 people from Karamoja’s poorest families face critical food insecurity resulting from two seasons of crop failure.
Of the 518,000 people with high levels of food insecurity, 428,000 are experiencing phase three (crisis levels of food insecurity), and 90,000 are at phase four (emergency levels of food insecurity).
For the first time in three years, all the nine districts of Karamoja — Kaabong, Moroto, Kotido, Napak, Nabilatuk, Amudat, Karenga, Abim and Nakapiripit — are at crisis level or worse according to IPC classification.
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) uses a scale of one to five to measure food insecurity. The situation in Karamoja has reached a crisis level close to catastrophe level.
Nakut Faith Loru, MP for Kabong district, told IPC that the number of those dying was rising despite efforts by the government to deliver food relief.