United Nations relief agencies have sent a top official from New York to uganda to examine the possibility of re-starting food distribution to the famine-stricken Karamoja region.
SCU Mr. Brito replying to reporters question in English.
REPORTER: "Mr. Brito do you consider the decision of the U.N. team in Kampala to suspend the food distribution of Karamoja justified?"
BRITO: "I would say first it's not, it was not, surely an easy decision. All of us know the suffering, the terrible human suffering, that's going on in Uganda and especially the Karamoja area. It therefore, surely, was not an easy decision. You ask me now, it is justified. My reply would be simple in the sense that it was the decision taken on the spot by our officers on the spot in the light of compelling security conditions and if the decision was taken it was simply that there was no alternative at the moment. Obviously, we very much hope it will be as short as possible so that we can resume deliveries in the Karamoja area because it is so much needed."
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Background: United Nations relief agencies have sent a top official 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 other relief organisations after its aid team in Uganda suspended food convoys into Karamoja for security reason. 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, Mr. Brito, has been questioned about the decision of his Ugandan team to suspend operations.