Source: Ayiga Ondoga, http://www.newvision.co.ug

Japan donates food to Karamoja
Keiichi (in spectacles) and Napeyok handing over packets of rice to Karimojong women

Keiichi (in spectacles) and Napeyok handing over packets of rice to Karimojong women

In Moroto

The government of Japan has donated food aid to the Karamoja region as part of the nation�s support to Uganda.

Japanese Ambassador Keiichi Kato said on Thursday that the assistance would benefit the victims of the recent drought and flood victims and the internally displaced people currently returning to their homes.

Keiichi said the donation, which included rice and cooking oil, was part of Japan�s over sh24b support to Uganda this year.

While handing over the support to the United Nations World Food Programme, the lead distributing agency in the region, at Lokopo sub-county, Moroto district, the envoy noted that the soaring food prices had also accelerated the vulnerability of the population, especially the children and women.

�In northern Uganda, vulnerable persons such as orphans, widows and elderly don�t have enough capacity to return to their original villages on their own and therefore still remain at the IDP camps and are need of food assistance,� Keiichi lamented.

Keiichi lauded the Government for successfully launching the Karamoja Integrated Disarmament and Development Programmes, which, he said, is a gateway to development.

World Food country director Stanlake Samkange said they had earmarked $100m this year to buy food stuff, an increase by $45m from last year�s donation.

Moroto deputy mayor Margaret Lomonyang, District vice-chairman Paska Napeyok and UN officials attended the ceremony.

Source: Ayiga Ondoga, http://www.newvision.co.ug

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