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200,000 in Nakasongola district on the brink of starvation
Despite many homes in Nakasongola being just kilometres away from Lake Kyoga, the families cannot afford to use the lake's waters for irrigation without government help.

With 1.6 million Ugandans in urgent need of relief food aid, attention has shifted to the government to see when food will reach affected communities. In Nakasongola over 200,000 people are staring at the possibility of starvation if the rains do not start falling in the next few weeks.

Abigail Ssuubi is one of those residents of Nakasongola for whom hunger is an ever present condition. The young girl spends her days helping her family gather whatever food she can find, which means she no longer has the luxury of going to school. 

Ssuubi's mother, Grace Namale uses whatever she can gather and tries her best to make the only meal her family of 10 will have on the day as palatable as possible.

Namale and her children are facing such a hard time because the prolonged dry spell has rendered their entire farm unusable and they have lost over 3 acres of maize that would have seen them through the hard times.

Many in Nakasongola are hoping against hope that the rains come soon but district officials say it may be long before the rains come

Despite many  homes in Nakasongola being just kilometres away from Lake Kyoga, the families cannot afford to use the lake's waters for irrigation without government help. 

At the lake itself, herders trekking over 400kms have crowded out the water points. On estimate, 30 cows are dying everyday due to the drying up of wells and lack of pasture

Government announced a Shs10 billion food aid budget but its not clear when the food will arrive to relieve the suffering of Grace Namale and her children.