A 70-year-old man, who was caught red handed stealing pumpkin in Sheema District of Uganda, was reportedly punished by the Local Councillor who flogged him.
EEye Uganda who shared photos on Facebook wrote;
Hunger & Poverty bite hard in Sheema District
70 year oldman caught stealing a pumpkin, in photos LC1 C/man decides to punish the old man with canes.
What should be done to save the situation?
What do you think of the LC1 C/man’s decision to punish the old man publicly?
According to ‘Action Against Hunger’, hunger is a major issue in northern Uganda, and the prevalence of undernutrition among children routinely surpasses emergency thresholds, especially among refugee populations. An estimated 33 percent of children under five in the country suffer from chronic undernutrition and stunted growth.
In July 2016, an upsurge in hunger and conflict in South Sudan prompted an unprecedented influx of refugees into Uganda, due to the government’s “open-border” policy that welcomes refugees, despite an enormous strain on local resources and infrastructure. Since then, the Uganda currently hosts an estimated 1,000,000 South Sudanese refugees and at the peak of violence in 2016—as many as 4,000 per day.
Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District has become the world’s largest refugee settlement. Action Against Hunger launched an immediate emergency response program in Bidi Bidi settlement and in nearby Adjumani to respond to the humanitarian needs of refugees in the short term, and in the longer term.
Northern Uganda, including the Karamoja region, is underdeveloped, arid, prone to drought, and suffers the country’s highest poverty rates. Karamoja has experienced three consecutive years of weak crops and food shortages. Communities have very little access to basic social services and struggle with chronic food insecurity as a result of high food prices and difficult conditions for farming, raising livestock, or earning income.
Action Against Hunger is also working in northeast Uganda in the arid region of Karamoja to help small-scale farmers and pastoralist communities improve food security and income, and develop resilience to hunger.