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Interview with Aggrey Kibet, Programme Co-ordinator at ActionAid Uganda
What is your job at ActionAid?
I work as a Programme Co-ordinator at ActionAid Uganda. I work in Kapchorwa district, eastern Uganda, amongst communities that have been affected by pastoral tribal conflicts related to violent, organised cattle thefts and raids.
Can you tell us about the village of Giriki, one of the areas where you are working?
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It has been just over a year since I was last in Giriki. Each time I have returned the settlement has grown and changed – it is hardly recognisable now from when I met the first few hundred people who returned to the settlement in 2008.
As we arrived at the site of the new school I am immediately struck by the number of children around.
Alfred is there to greet us and explains that enrolment has gone from 35-40 (it was at its lowest last year when the drought took hold and children were really hungry) to over 600 with another 400 plus wanting to enrol in the new school.
A triple crisis
I have received an update from Festo Majinjach, my colleague in eastern Uganda who is managing the school build in Giriki. He reported:
We have been experiencing heavy rains over the last three weeks and many parts of the roads in Eastern Uganda are inaccessible. The onset of heavy rains is causing severe flooding and mudslides but I want to reassure you that the children in Giriki are all safe.
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“This crisis is already affecting 10 million people, and it is still nowhere near its peak,” said Evelyn Samba, Head of Programmes for ActionAid Kenya.
“The situation continues to deteriorate and through August, September and October, the crisis is likely to escalate. The international community must commit to a major humanitarian relief programme across the region to avoid this crisis tipping over into a famine situation.”
ActionAid has launched a £1.5 million appeal to urgently step up its work in drought-affected East Africa.
The severe drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti has left an estimated 10m people on the brink of starvation with some areas experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years.
ActionAid has been responding to the crisis for several months and has already helped more than 194,000 people with emergency food supplies, water and income generating schemes.
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