UN delivers food aid to 1 mln in rainless north Uganda

UN said it was delivering food aid to more than a million people in northern Uganda following failed rains.

UN delivers food aid to 1 mln in rainless north Uganda

The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday it was delivering food aid to more than a million people in northern Uganda following failed rains.

More than 2 million people were driven from their homes in the north by more than two decades of civil war. Peace has returned to the region and more than 620,000 people have gone back home, but now WFP says they are afflicted by drought.

"The ration is enough to meet people's short-term needs, enabling them to work through the critical harvesting period," WFP country director Stanlake Samkange in a statement.

"We hope that this September harvest, although poor, will provide people with enough food to see them through to the second-season harvest in November or December, together with the additional one-off boost they are receiving from WFP," he said.

Just over 1 million people will receive emergency food supplies in Amuru, Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts.

Northern Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group has taken its conflict to neighbouring regions of southern Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

It has also destabilised parts of Central African Republic.

Reuters
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