OCTOBER 20, 2009: 400 IDP's in Amuru Lack Food

400 Amuru IDPs Lack Food

SOURCE: New Vision

By Dennis Ojwee

Kampala — OVER 400 former internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Purongo sub-county in Amuru district lack food following a hail-storm that destroyed their crops on Friday.

The former IDPs now settled in the parishes of Lagadi, Mutema, Pawat-Omeru, Tangi and La-Tooro said they were in urgent need of relief and humanitarian assistance from the Government and non- governmental organisations.

Harriet Acayo, 20, said: "The hail-storm destroyed all my simsim, beans, cassava and rice, which I had planted." Acayo, who returned to her home village early this year with four children, said most of her food crops were ready for harvest.

She said she needed support in order to survive as she waits for the next planting season. A large scale farmer from Latoro parish, Alex Awany, said the storm destroyed his 20 hectarers of rice and 10 hectares of improved cassava.

He said the rice was almost ready for harvesting. "This is a big loss. I had invested a lot of money in my farm," said Awany. Purongo sub-county was hit by food scarcity in June and July this year, forcing the Government to distribute food rations to returning IDPs...

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