Trees don’t fare too well in Karamoja. The reason being, people need wood for many basic aspects of their daily life: firewood for cooking, materials for building their homes, and branches of all sizes to construct fences and corrals. This substantial need for wood has lead to severe deforestation around inhabited areas. What has exacerbated the deforestation is the simple fact that beyond a certain distance from any given village (maybe a couple of kilometers), the ‘bush’ begins. The bush is the more densely vegetated wilderness that houses dangers of many kinds, but especially of ‘enemies’, the almost mythical warriors of neighboring tribes who harass and kill on a regular basis. Thus within maybe a 20-30 kilometer circumference around Kaabong, trees get hacked and disfigured without much thought toward replenishing them. There is a desperate need for tree planting programs and sensitizing people about the long-term consequences of deforestation. The problem is not that the people use wood; the problem is that the wood may simply run out.