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Women struggle to beat Uganda's drought

Earth News: Africa

Jan 22, 2007
MOROTO, Uganda (AFP) -- As day breaks over the bleak wilderness of northeastern Uganda, Maria Loumo begins her quest to feed her family, in the face of the third crippling drought in six years.
"I get up early and then start looking for wild fruits and leaves. That is the only thing I can do to feed my family," said the mother of nine.
The region of Karamoja, about 550 kilometers (330 miles) from the capital Kampala, is one of the remotest areas in Uganda and the least developed in the east African country.
Now successive and relentless droughts have made life an even greater misery for its inhabitants, who are already beset by fighting between rival tribes.
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