Nestled in a magnificent landscape of hills, the sleepy district of Bududa is dotted with small farms perched over lush green valleys. Bordered by Mbale and Manafwa in Eastern Uganda, some 40 per cent of the district is situated in Mount Elgon National Park, including the principle town after which it is named.
But on the night of 28 February, the fertile area was devastated by mud-slides that swept away hundreds of lives. The sub-county of Bumayoka was most affected and its two parishes, Namatsi and Olukusi, suffered the largest number of casualties. Suddenly, the people of the Bududa had lost everything and were facing a long struggle with hunger and disease.
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