(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2013, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Ben Price, who plays Coronation Street's Nick Tilsley, is an ambassador for CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.
Ben travelled to the Karamoja region of Uganda to see how communities were being affected by a lack of food and water, and how crucial the work of our local partners has been in providing support, building livelihoods and keeping the peace within communities facing severe shortages.
Watch his video here:
Following his visit, Ben said: “It was quite shocking to see how people really are living day to day, hand to mouth, and to hear what a struggle it is for some people just to find enough food to stay alive. Over recent months, the whole world has been focused on the humanitarian crises in the Philippines and Syria, but we’ve also got to realise there are these hidden hunger emergencies in countries like Uganda, where the need for action is just as urgent.
“I spoke to women who told me that they have to leave their children each morning – sometimes for the whole day – to forage for food, or find wood to sell in order to buy something to eat. They told me they foraged for fruit which sounds nutritious but when you see what they are actually eating its berries and leaves, or small figs and tamarind dried out by the relentless sun.
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