World Food Program: On the Front Lines of Hunger

Photograph for TIME by Walter Astrada

READY TO RECEIVE: Residents of Karamoja district, northeastern Uganda, say that until the WFP arrived, they were eating once a day at most

On a dusty plain in northeastern Uganda, two women have come to blows. One shrieks as the other shoves. A volunteer from the World Food Program (WFP) has called one of them forward to collect an emergency food-aid ration, but both women want it. "They have the same name," explains local administrator Teko John Bosco.

He laughs uncomfortably and scans the teeming plain. More than 2,000 residents of this parish, Lokali, have come to collect food aid on a hot Saturday in May, and though the crowds have dwindled as the sun sinks and people drag or carry...

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