Rwanda: Famine hits Eastern Province (AllAfrica)

| July 11, 2016

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Nearly 100,000 families in the Eastern Province of Rwanda are reportedly facing famine as a result of poor harvests. Some residents blame the government’s poor response to drought, while the government says climate change is to blame.

Hundreds of families are reportedly traveling to Uganda in search of food after two poor harvest seasons. The most affected districts include Nyagatare, Kayonza, and Ngoma.

Solange Uwantege lives in the Mwili sector of Kayonza district. She says, “We don’t know what to do. We have not even been able to recoup what we planted.”

Some NGOs are blaming poor government planning for failing to address recurring food insecurity in areas prone to drought. Marie Immaculee Ingabire is the chairperson of Transparency International Rwanda. She says: “It is an issue of poor planning and decision-making by government officials. There are countries which receive far less rainfall than Rwanda, but they plan well and their citizens don’t encounter hunger.”

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