Friday April 21 2017

Hunger: Pregnant mother falls off mango tree, dies

Mr Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for Disaster

Mr Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, recently said the population facing food shortages in the country had grown from 1.2 million people to 7 million people following a prolonged drought that has affected harvests countrywide. File photo 

By PATRICK EBONG

ALEBTONG.

A 30-year-old pregnant mother has died after reportedly losing her grip while up a mango tree and plunging 20 metres to the ground at Atali village in Abako Sub-county, Alebtong District.

Betty Atyeno died last Friday as she climbed up the mango tree to pick some of the fruits to give to her five hungry children who had reportedly gone without food for a full day.

The area local council authorities said they received a report of the incident on Thursday saying the mother of five fell off the tree and was rushed to Alanyi Health Centre III in Abako Sub-county where she died hours later.

“She (Atyeno) separated with her husband Robert Oyaka recently and she went back to their home with all her five children. But because of the prevailing famine, she had no food to give to her children. So she climbed a mango tree to get some raw fruits to give her children, but unfortunately she fell down and died after a few hours,” the Abako Sub-county chairman, Mr John Odongo, told Daily Monitor on Thursday.

Domestic violence
Mr Odongo said the couple had some domestic misunderstandings arising from the current hunger biting into most households, adding that parents with large families are finding it very hard to find food to feed their children.

“The current hunger is causing a lot of domestic violence since men are chasing away their wives and children because they are unable to look after them,” Mr Odongo added.

He urged the government to rush to their rescue and distribute food aid to the starving families.
He also advised the community to use the current rains to plant quick-maturing crops, including vegetables, to save their families.

Food shortages
Recently, Mr Musa Ecweru, the State minister for Disaster Preparedness, said the population facing food shortages in the country had grown from 1.2 million people to 7 million people following a prolonged drought that has affected harvests countrywide.

Some of the seven million people in Uganda were reported to be at risk of starvation with some of them depending on porridge or wild roots and leaves daily to barely survive.

The issues

Death. Betty Atyeno died last Friday after reportedly losing her grip while up a mango tree and plunging 20 metres to the ground at Atali village in Abako Sub-county, Alebtong District.

Cause. She had climbed up the mango tree to pick some of the fruits to give to her five hungry children who had reportedly gone without food for a full day.

Separated. Mr John Odongo, the Abako Sub-county chairman, said Atyeno separated with her husband Robert Oyaka recently after a domestic misunderstanding arising from the biting hunger in the area.

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