Uganda: MTN donates relief food to 1,354 starving people

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MTN Uganda has donated relief food worth Shs70 million to 1,354 starving people in Magoro Sub County, Katakwi District.

The items which were distributed by the Uganda Red Cross Society on 23rd July, included 2,310kgs of maize flour, 7,337kg of beans and 1,354kgs of salt. Each family received 15kgs of posho, 5.4kgs of beans and one kg of salt.

Speaking during the distribution exercise, the Chairman Uganda Red Cross Society, Mr. Tom Buruku, said this was the largest donation since the National Society launched an appeal of Shs5.6 billion at the beginning of the month.

"We decided to distribute the food in Magoro because there was great need in the area," Mr. Buruku said.

The State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Mr. Musa Ecweru, said the government was humbled by the MTN donation and praised URCS, saying the organization is a reliable auxiliary to government in the humanitarian interventions.

He said although no one had died in Magoro Sub County, residents were in dire need of food.

He said relief distribution is not a sustainable mechanism calling on all stakeholders in the humanitarian field to ensure that the affected communities are supported with farm implements to replant.

"People in Teso are hard working but circumstances have reduced them to almost nothing. The region was once a food basket but this is no more. Residents need to be supported to replant so that they sustain themselves," Mr. Ecweru said. Teso has experienced a number of natural calamities like floods and drought that have destroyed 80% crops in the region.

The minister appealed to other organizations to emulate the MTN example.