By Tom Gwebayanga
A family of eight, including triplets born a week ago, in Nabukalu village in Kamuli district is facing starvation. The mother, Annet Nantale, said she is worried that her babies might die.
The 25-year-old house wife is surviving on one meal a day of maize porridge.
Nantale said she is unable to feed the babies because poor feeding has affected her breast milk.
Her husband, Musa Ngobi, 35, said the family, which relocated from Buvuma Islands in Lake Victoria in December last year, has no food.
â€œWe have just settled here. The millet has just germinated. We are relying on handouts from sympathisers,â€ he said.
The couple, which has three other children, lives in a grass thatched one-room house.
Ngobi said he is unable to fend for his family because of a recent accident.
â€œWhile in Buvuma Islands, I was hit by a log which cracked my left rib,â€ he narrated.
â€œI had no option but to return to my empty land in Nabukalu, which I had abandoned six yeas ago,â€ he said.
â€œWhen my wife delivered, I only had sh1,000. Luckily, my mother sold her goat and lent me sh10,000 which I used to pick Nantale from Kamuli Hospital after she was discharged,â€ he explained.
The area chairperson, James Amooti, said the newly-born babies are at risk of catching malaria.
â€œThe family has no mosquito nets and lacks bedding. They sleep on one mattress which they spread out on the floor,â€ Amooti lamented.
Nantale said she was unable to solicit for help earlier because the medical staff at the hospital did not tell her that she was carrying triplets.
Kamuli district vice-chairperson Vincent Galisansana expressed concern, saying the high rate at which the Basoga are producing will keep them in poverty.