UGANDA: Drought, hunger drive Karamoja children to beg in Kampala

Saturday, November 22, 2008
KAMPALA Monday, November 03, 2008 (IRIN) - Agatha Locham, 23, sits with her two weak and malnourished children a few steps from the entrance to a bank in Kampala. “Mpayo ekikumi [give me a 100-shilling coin]," the boy, his stomach distended, shouts at passers-by. Locham and her children are among the increasing number of residents of the drought-prone region of Karamoja, north-eastern Uganda, who have travelled hundreds of kilometres to the city to beg to survive. She said her malnourished...