At least 80 thousand people have been affected by famine in the arid Karamoja region of northwest Uganda.
GV AND SV AND CU Field of millett (3 shots)
GV Two children sitting on dried out water pump
GV AND CU Peasant woman digging potatoes
CU PULL GV Woman showing off two potatoes in hand
GV Peasants unloading cart, and throwing "loot" on ground
GV AND SV Four villagers standing over their day's findings (2 shots) (4 small heaps of grain)
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Background: At least 80 thousand people have been affected by famine in the arid Karamoja region of northwest Uganda. The director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WPF) Mrs. Melissa Well, has said she now fears a big shortfall of food in the country. Some northern villages are so short of food that people have been digging up the dried out fields hoping to find something to eat.
SYNOPSIS: The famine has been caused by four years of drought, and dislocation caused by the war. Fruit has burnt dry, and the millet has become inedible.
There are only 40 waters holes still working in an area where 250 wells usually supply the villagers with water. There are no spare parts for those with broken pumps and the others have dried up completely.
The northerners are desperatal short of food, and have been digging up the fields surrounding their villages, in search of something to eat. During the day groups of villagers go on scavenger Hunts for seeds, grain and sweet potatoes or anything which may have survived the drought But more often than not their harvests are poor.
The United Nations Food Programme is to ship 3 thousand tonnes of food to Uganda over the next three month with the first consignment due to arrive shortly. But, with so many starving mouths to feed, even that large amount of food will seem a mere drop in the ocean.