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    Food relief from various countries has been arriving in Uganda where a severe drought has brought widespread starvation and disease.

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    SV Relief officials getting off plane in Kampala (2 shots)

    SV and GV Grain being unloaded from plane (2 shots)

    SV Relief officials hand over documents

    SV Grain loaded onto trucks (2 shots)

    SV INTERIOR Mr Francesco Strippoli Deputy representative for World Food Programme, talking

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: STRIPPOLI: "The international community to come forward with airlifting the food. This was necessary because as I gave (indistinct) myself last month the situation was very bad and very little food was available in the country. I don't know the reason because I've been in the country just two months, but last month the situation was very bad. Very little food was coming in and we have been airlifting 400 tonnes of cow feeds from Tanzania to Seruti (phonetic) airfield and immediately when the plane comes trucks are already in the hangar to take to the distribution points. Just yesterday, we are starting to get some maize from Addis Ababa and I don't know because we are expecting donors to come forward for the payment for our other airlifting shuttle from Addis Ababa here. This is what has been done so far as we are concerned. Other organisations have come in with milk and some other commodities like dried fish and so on."

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    Background: Food relief from various countries has been arriving in Uganda where a severe drought has brought widespread starvation and disease. The war which overthrew President Idi Amin last year prevented the planting of normal food crops and the continuing drought has made the situation worse.

    SYNOPSIS: Members of the United Nations Development Programme, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees and the World Food Programme have been assessing the needs of the distressed regions and organising the airlift of food supplies.

    This shipment of maize arrived in Kampala from Ethiopia on Monday (14 April) and was the first of two consignments of grain to arrive from that country. Transport of the food aid, which totalled 60 tonnes, was paid for by OXFAM, Britain's world relief organisation, and cost 25 thousand dollars (about 12 thousand pounds sterling) for each airlift. The supplies were immediately shipped tot he drought stricken districts of Karamojo and Teso where tens of thousands of people are suffering from malnutrition caused by both protein and calorie deficiencies.

    The next day (15 April), Mr Francesco Strippoli, the World Food Programme's deputy representative in Uganda, talked about his task of assessing and procuring food:

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