More than 200 children in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) are reported to have died of hunger and its related complications, the 'Sunday News' has learnt.?
A joint statement from 12 civil society organizations serving pastoralists, hunters and gatherers communities says while 14 children are currently admitted to Endulen Catholic Hospital suffering from malnutrition, over 200 others have died between May, last year and December 2012.?
"The deaths were recorded from May 2011 when a measles attack affected more than 1,000 children. The situation deteriorated when famine struck Ngorongoro Division during the last seven months," reads a statement signed by representatives from the 12 organizations.?
In a rejoinder, Ngorongoro District Commissioner, Mr Elias Wawa Lali, released an official report, dated 21st December, 2012 showing that Ngorongoro Division, lying within one of the "world's heritage sites," was grappling with hunger.?
According to the DC, about 18,500 tonnes of food were urgently needed and an emergency relief comprising 15,560 tonnes of grain (maize) and 2,916 others of legumes, could rescue a population of more than 60,000 residents, mostly livestock keepers.