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23 Mar 2017 description

Up to 75 per cent of people living in Imatong state may have left their homes because they cannot get enough to eat, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, has been told by community leaders in Torit.

Mr Shearer was visiting Torit on Thursday, his first mission to the capital of the state.

Torit has largely been spared the worst of the 2013 outbreak of conflict in South Sudan but since July 2016 has been considered a flashpoint by the UN after heavy fighting between the government SPLA and opposition forces.

23 Mar 2017 description

KARAMOJA

  • Average retail price for maize grain in Karamoja increased in February by 7% compared to January while sorghum price reduced by 12% in Nakapiripirit.

  • Annual and long-term average (2013-2016) analysis indicate that average retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans have continued to increase annually.

  • The terms of trade for both casual labour and goats against maize grain improved slightly compared to January 2017 but lower than 2016 highlighting reduced purchasing power among the vulnerable households.

23 Mar 2017 description

62 countries - representing almost two-thirds of the world's population - still recognise only female victims of rape

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is an "invisible" crime, with victims reluctant to speak out for fear of being ostracised and mocked, researchers said.

23 Mar 2017 description

Refugees, asylum seekers and migrants continued to move in complex flows from the Horn of Africa and Yemen region. Migration and displacement dynamics remained complex this quarter, with ongoing migration, new displacement, and simultaneous return movements.

Irregular Movement from the Horn

Northward (through Egypt into Israel)

23 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.

23 Mar 2017 description

Joint statement on behalf of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR

The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today jointly appealed to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive in Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.

23 Mar 2017 description
  • UNHCR distributes relief items to IDPs in Western Bahr el Ghazal: In Wau, UNHCR distributed non-food items (NFIs) to 4,483 most vulnerable IDPs including 1,175 at Nog-lima, 1,262 at Ngisa 2,046 at the Episcopal Church (ECS) of Sudan premises outside Wau town. NFIs included dignity kits for women of reproductive age, pieces of soap, secondhand clothes, jerry cans, and buckets. This intervention comes after the government granted access to the Baggari area, which has been inaccessible to aid agencies since 2016.
22 Mar 2017 description

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Uganda has one of the most open-door refugee policies in the world. But improving the lives of urban refugees on the ground requires government and community organisations to work together to put these policies into practice.

22 Mar 2017 description

Kampala – 22 March - The second Universal Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Net Campaign that the country is currently undertaking is one of the interventions to reduce mortality and morbidity due to Malaria, which is still the single largest killer disease in Uganda. Under this campaign, 24 million nets will be distributed countrywide.

22 Mar 2017 description

by Yasin Kakande

KATAKWI, Uganda, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seven-year-old Esther Agutti weighs 7 kilos - a third of the weight of the average child her age.

She has been in hospital in Katakwi, eastern Uganda, for three days. She was painfully thin when she was admitted and had diarrhoea and vomiting, said Loyce Akelo, a senior doctor.

20 Mar 2017 description

The 29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 16-17 March 2017, has endorsed a USD 6.8 million proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI).” Targeted countries include Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

This makes WMO the first Multilateral Implementing Entity to have a regional proposal approved by the Adaptation Fund Board under the Pilot Programme for regional projects and programmes.

20 Mar 2017 description

New Study Finds Worrying Climate Trend In Karamoja Over Last 35 Years

KAMPALA – A new study carried out by the Government of Uganda and its partners has found a new weather pattern that threatens to worsen food insecurity in the Karamoja region if no action is taken.

18 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

KAMPALA, UGANDA — South Sudanese women in Uganda say they have found a way to support each other amid tough financial times.

The idea can be traced to the South Sudanese concept of “sanduk,” or box. It's an arrangement under which each member of a group of women contributes a small amount of money monthly, collected by the group's treasurer. All the cash is given to one member of the group each month. The same exercise is repeated the following month for a different group member. It continues until the last person is reached, and then it starts all over again.

18 Mar 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

18 Mar 2017 description

Famine (IPC Phase 5) likely ongoing in parts of South Sudan; risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5) continues in Somalia