Hundreds of people are dying each day across a swathe of East Africa, from northern Uganda to northern Kenya.
GV EXTERIOR Dried up sorghum field in Karamoja region of Uganda.
GV Sorghum field with signpost in foreground with arrow pointing to Moroto.
SV Father Premarini speaking in English with GVs women working in field. (3 SHOTS)
SV Father Premarini answering reporter's question in English with GVs people queuing for food handouts and malnutrient children. (7 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPTS: PREMARINI: "It seems to be good and it is in a way good and we hope to be able to save this crop. Unfortunately very few people have planted this year for many reasons, as so we are definitely looking ahead another year of famine because people just did not plant much. They did not have enough seed; much of the seed which was given to them, provided to them by different people was eaten by them because they were hungry. That is why the situation is not going to be much better in the next year."
REPORTER: "Hod bad has it been recently?"
PREMARINI: "Well, it has been as bad as ever we may say because now perhaps some of them have received some food but those who have been damaged because of lack of food, they are just simply surviving and they are surviving I would say many of them would eventually die, because of famine. Again, I would say we have several dying every day, even here near our mission where we can see them ourselves. There is more food now, especially relief has come and they get it a bit late perhaps. So the situation is still very bad I would say."
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Background: Hundreds of people are dying each day across a swathe of East Africa, from northern Uganda to northern Kenya. Droughts which used to occur in the area every six or seven years now are semi-permanent. Karamoja in northern Uganda, where it is estimated that several hundred people are dying every day, is the most seriously affected area in the region. A group of priests from the Verona Fathers' order is trying to help local people survive the crisis.
SYNOPSIS: One of them is Father Peter Premarini, 44, a naturalised American. his mission is growing sorghum to try to overcome some of the problems caused by the lack of food. He spoke of the troubles facing the mission.