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Teso IDPs dig for food

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd May 2005 03:00 AM

Haggard, toiling in people’s gardens, more than willing to offer cheap labour to earn a penny for daily bread.

By John Omoding
Haggard, toiling in people’s gardens, more than willing to offer cheap labour to earn a penny for daily bread.
The internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Teso camps face starvation following the World Food Programme decision to stop supply of relief food.
Jesca Ariokot of the Baptist Church camp said she had to look for work everyday to earn money to feed her family.
“It is becoming difficult for us to find food since World Food Programme stopped supplying us with food three months ago,” Ariokot said.
She said they were paid sh1,500 (less than one dollar) for a day’s work.
Ariokot got displaced from Amuria in Katakwi district to Soroti, following the incursion of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) into Teso in June 2003.
“We are willing to go back to our villages but most people’s homes were burnt down by LRA rebels,” Ariokot said.
Over 300,000 people were displaced into Soroti town from the districts of Katakwi, Kaberamaido and parts of Soroti.
Teso residents formed the Arrow Boys force to help the army repulse the rebels.
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Teso IDPs dig for food

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