As famine in the drought-stricken area of Karamoja in North-eastern Uganda, intensifies, emergency supplies of grain are being flown in.
GV Plane taxiing on runway of Soroti Airport, Uganda as trucks and people wait on side.
GV Two trucks and people waiting.
GV prisoners from Soroti Prison moving to unload the plane.
SV Truck reversing up to plane.
SV Prisoners unloading grain onto truck.
SV INTERIOR Prisoners unloading grain from plane. (2 SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR Aircraft and truck.
SV Bags of grain being stacked on truck.
GV Plane and truck.
SV Bags of grain on truck.
GV Truck moving away from plane.
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Background: As famine in the drought-stricken area of Karamoja in North-eastern Uganda, intensifies, emergency supplies of grain are being flown in. But many of these supplies are not reaching the starving people in time, and some of the donor nations are themselves facing severe food shortages.
SYNOPSIS: These emergency supplies, arriving at Soroti Airport in uganda, have come from Ethiopia. But Ethiopia itself has five million people seriously affected by drought and starvation. Northern Kenya and parts of the Somalia have also been hit. Diplomatic sources have estimated that about five hundred people are dying each day in Uganda alone. Drought and starvation in these areas has now become a semi-permanent crisis.
The prisoners from Soroti prison who come to unload the planes are some of the lucky ones. They are paid for their labour with food. But many people in the Karamoja region will never see this grain.
Relief agencies are facing difficulties in distributing what little food there is. The roads are not safe for the relief convoys, which may be attacked by raiding tribesmen. Since the fall of Idi Amin last year some 20 thousand automatic rifles, machine guns and bazookas have fallen into the hands of the Karamanjong, a tribe of traditionally spear-carrying cattle raiders. With the modern weapons, their cattle raids are more successful, but the starvation facing other tribes is increasing.
The air charter to transport the maize is paid for by European Economic Community. And internal road transport is funded by the United nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
This was the first shipment of 400 tons of maize from Ethiopia. other loads will arrive by road. Some of this shipment will go into storage, and the rest will go straight to the missions for distribution.