Poverty is threatening Uganda’s most vulnerable families and wildlife.
Ujeni lives in northern Uganda with his wife Serena and their children. The whole family regularly skip meals as they struggle to find food, they have little income. The climate has changed and rains have become unreliable, it's difficult to grow crops. Serena collects and sells firewood earning between 40 and 60 pence each day. As their only source of income, it’s not enough.
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"The problem is we have no food. Between morning and now, coming to sunset, we have not tasted food all day.
If I use this land well, we will have a future. Other people are selling, only I refuse to sell. If I give it away (my land) to somebody, it’s like I’ve thrown away my life.’’
Across the river Nile, just a short distance from Ujeni’s home, is the Murchison Falls National park – home to a huge range of wildlife, many of which are endangered.
With no other source of income, families like Ujeni’s are pressured into laying traps in the nearby National Park.
They hope to catch bushmeat to feed their families and to sell. But the traps they use are indiscriminate. Wildlife such as the endangered Rothschild's Giraffe are getting caught instead. Ujeni no longer hunts in the park but he is all too aware of the problem.
"If people had enough to eat, they wouldn’t go there (to the National Park). What takes people there is poverty." - Ujeni
But it doesn't need to be like this. Working in partnership with conservation charity Tusk, together we can help fathers like Ujeni grow crops. With your help, his family could have nutritious food to eat, all year round.