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03 May 2016 description

Uganda - Japan is providing USD 1.8 million to IOM to help the Ugandan government to improve its border security through an integrated border management approach.

Uganda’s porous borders make it extremely challenging to counter transnational organized crime, including terrorism, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. As a country fully engaged in regional integration, Uganda must also ensure the legitimate cross-border flow of people and goods.

03 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Burundi, UNHCR continued to monitor returns and carry out its refugee response programmes. However, freedom of movement is becoming increasingly restricted, limiting access to persons of concern.

  • In Rwanda, the Government, UNHCR and its partners successfully facilitated the organisation of the triennial refugee representative elections, which took place from 22 to 23 March.

03 May 2016 description
  • As of 30 April, global funding requirements to meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans and appeals for 2016 amount to over US$20.3 billion. About $3.8 billion in funding has been received so far, leaving a shortfall of $16.5 billion. With the emergence of new humanitarian crises, global financial requirements have increased by around 2 per cent in the first trimester of the year.

03 May 2016 description

Ongoing violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to force thousands of people, the majority women and children, out of their homes. Twenty years of intermittent violence in the eastern regions of DRC have depleted civilians' coping mechanisms, almost destroying their ability to make a living. Thousands of people have been forced to flee to other parts of the country. North Kivu, a small province rich in fertile land and mines (diamonds, gold, wolfram, coltan), has consistently been the worst-affected area.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description

On 22 March 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified WHO of cases of Yellow Fever (YF) in connection with the outbreak currently occurring in Angola (see DON posted 13 April 2016).

From early January to 22 March, a total of 453 suspect cases of YF, including 45 deaths were reported by the national surveillance system.

01 May 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Sunday 5/1/2016 - 18:34 GMT

by Bienvenu-Marie BAKUMANYA

A coalition of opponents of DR Congo President Joseph Kabila announced Sunday former regional governor Moise Katumbi as their "joint opposition candidate" for presidential elections due before the end of the year.

Democratic Republic of Congo authorities are under pressure from the international community to hold the polls as planned in November before Kabila's second -- and constitutionally last -- mandate ends.

01 May 2016 description
report The New York Times

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN APRIL 30, 2016

NYUNZU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Deep in the forest, miles from any major city, lies an abandoned cotton factory full of the dispossessed.

There is no police force guarding it. No electricity or running water inside. No sense of urgency or deep concern by the national authorities to do much about it.

30 Apr 2016 description

1. Points saillants :

a. Dix sept (17) cas de fièvre jaune IgM positifs en RDC sont confirmés par PCR ou séroneutralisation par l’Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) depuis janvier 2016. Vingt cinq (25) échantillons de cas probables (IgM positif au Labo INRB) sont en attente de confirmation par l’IPD.

b. Deux (2) cas probables autochtones (1 à Kinshasa et 1 au Kongo Central) sont en attente de confirmation à l’IPD.

30 Apr 2016 description
report Peace Direct

April 29 2016: 12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict. Kevin McCann reports on their work from a recent visit to Bujumbura.

Since protests began a year ago – and especially since an attempted coup nearly unseated President Pierre Nkurunziza in May 2015 – the situation in Burundi has steadily deteriorated.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Expected average harvest will sufficiently cover local demand

KEY MESSAGES

  • Average to above-average Msimu rains in the unimodal areas will likely result in a near-normal harvest. Poor households remain market dependent and face income opportunity constraints following the conclusion of agricultural activities. This area is Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and will likely improve to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) with the beginning of the harvest season in May, but there will still be populations that have higher levels of food insecurity.

29 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Significant funding shortfalls in UNHCR’s operations put refugees and internally displaced populations at risk in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the sub-region;

  • In CAR, UNHCR and UNDP identified pilot areas in displaced sites in Bangui to initiate voluntary return assistance;

  • UNHCR and its partners conducted a large-scale vaccination campaign in Chad, reaching some 11,000 refugee children;