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Starving Families in Teso Region Resort to Eating Termites

By Melanie Aanyu,

Residents of the hunger stricken areas in Teso region are now forced to eat termites due the current hunger crisis caused by last year and this year’s prolonged drought.

Florence Kulume a mother of nine and a resident of Atira sub county in Serere district said the situation has forced her to look for other alternatives like the termites inorder to feed her family.

Beatrice Akiteng, another mother said some days she can chance to harvest up to two kilograms of termites, which is enough for lunch and supper with her children.

Goretti Amuron, another mother, said many families in parts of Teso now eat termites for lunch and supper.
Termites are insects that live in the anthill, they feed on wood, frequently becoming pests of homes.

Joseph Opit Okojo the former district chairperson Serere district said the hunger situation is getting worse adding that some families have even eaten the remaining seeds that they had stored.
A similar situation is also developing in Karamoja region where hunger has claimed 12 people while others on the verge of dying.

Jino Meri the Kaabong district chairperson said most families have crossed to Kenya to be registered as refuges in Kenyan camps so as to benefit from relief food Kenya government has to offer.