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Uganda: US$38,000 in relief for raid victims

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Around 2,000 Sabiny people in Eastern Uganda, who had their property destroyed and looted in cattle raids last month, will benefit from a US$38,303 relief donation, thanks to World Vision.
The Uganda Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Christine Aporu, was overjoyed as she received the relief items.

"World Vision is a long time partner with the Government. Thank you for helping the Sabiny especially at this time when they are most vulnerable," the minister said.

The relief items were handed over at a function in the town of Kapchorwa on Friday 16th May. World Vision's peace and reconciliation project has one of its liaison offices in the town.

Action-Aid will be distributing the relief items to the 2,000 families hardest hit by the raiders. The relief items include 3000 kg of maize seeds, 2500 kgs of bean seeds, 2020 kg of wheat seeds, 600 pangas, 1185 hoes, 1500 blankets, 600basins, 43 bales of clothing for men, 70 bales of clothing for women and 31 bales of clothing for the children. WV United Kingdom mobilized the funds from New Jersey Oversees Fund.

The assistance is the second of its kind that World Vision has contributed towards the rehabilitation of the people of Kapchorwa affected by the Pokot incursion. The first donation provided 1,600 items of Gifts In Kind (GIK) clothing early this month.

"This relief response is meant to cater for the immediate needs of the people affected and to help them restart food production to secure their future food supplies," World Vision Uganda's National Director, Robby Muhumuza, said.

In April 2003, Pokot cattle raiders from Kenya killed 30 people, burned 300 huts, destroyed granaries and displaced about 2,300 people in eight villages in Suam County, Kapchorwa.

World Vision Uganda and World Vision Kenya are implementing a development programme - POKATUSA (Pokot, Karamoja, Turkana, Sabiny) - to initiate lasting peace and reconciliation among the warring tribes along the Ugandan and Kenyan border.