United Nations relief agencies have sent a top officials from New York to Uganda to examine the possibility of re-starting food distribution to the famine-stricken Karamoja region.
CU Mr. Brito FAO representative being asked question in French.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Mr. Brito answers question in French.
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Background: United Nations relief agencies have sent a top officials from New York to Uganda to examine the possibility of re-starting food distribution to the famine-stricken Karamoja region. This follows criticism of the U.N. from relief organisations after its aid team in Uganda suspended food convoys to Karamoja for security reasons. Five U.N. employees were injured last month when 400 heavily armed cattle raiders attacked a food convoy. In Rome, a senior official of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr. Brito, has been questioned about the decision of his Ugandan team to suspended operations.
SYNOPSIS: In Rome a senior official of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation, Mr. Briot, was asked if he considered the suspension of food convoys justified.
Mr. Brito replied that he considered the decision made by the Ugandan aid team could not have been easy. He said that the Food and Agriculture Organisation, along with everyone else that was aware of the situation in Karamoja, knew of the terrible human suffering taking place in the region. Mr. Brito said that the decision was justified on the basis that it had to be made by his officers on the spot in the light of the compelling security conditions that had suddenly presented themselves. He said that the conclusion to suspend the food convoys travelling to Karamoja was reached only because, at the time, there was no other alternative. Mr. Brito said that the FAO very much hoped that the suspension would last only a short time. He said that his organisation wanted to resume deliveries to the famine-stricken region as soon as possible because it was so much needed.