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11 Feb 2016 description

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Thursday 2/11/2016 - 15:15 GMT

Uganda's army said Thursday it had taken custody of a top Lord's Resistance Army rebel captured in Central African Republic, and would transport him home.

Okot George Odek, once one of LRA supremo Joseph Kony's most trusted aides, was held by Seleka rebels in CAR who on February 6 handed him over to US special forces, working alongside Ugandan troops hunting the LRA.

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January rainfall has remained above average for much of Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and neighbouring districts in southern Kenya, due to the on-going moderate to heavy rains (Figure 1), which can be attributed in part to the ongoing strong El Niño event. Above-average rainfall is expected to continue in the coming one to two weeks.

11 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Jessica Berman

Many children in developing countries — particularly in Africa — are malnourished. Worldwide, more than 70 million children suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Experts say poor nutritional status increases the risk of death 10 times in children who are ill with malaria, diarrheal diseases and other conditions.

The non-profit global health organization, Medecins Sans Frontier, or Doctors Without Borders, treats an estimated 300,000 children every year for malnutrition.

10 Feb 2016 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:06 GMT

By Evelyn Lirri

KAMPALA, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two parliamentary committees want to cut costs by closing down the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC), set up 24 years ago to oversee and coordinate HIV prevention and control - despite activists' fears that this could damage the fight against HIV/AIDS

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

10 Feb 2016 description

Bangui, Central African Republic | AFP | Wednesday 2/10/2016 - 10:24 GMT

A commander in Uganda's notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) captured by rebels in the Central African Republic has been identified as Okot Odek, a key figure in the group, a local police source told AFP Wednesday.

"We have a list of LRA chiefs who are wanted and considered dangerous... and the one who has just been handed over to American forces is commander Okot Odek," said the police source in Obo, a city in eastern CAR where Ugandan and US forces tracking the LRA are based.

10 Feb 2016 description

In a bid to intensify efforts towards the management of the Malaria epidemic in northern Uganda, the Ministry of Health has dispatched a team of 374 health workers to the region to boost up support towards the treatment of the disease. The team includes Medical doctors, medical clinical officers and nurses. The team has been contracted for a period of 30 days to offer case management at the health facility level. The epidemic broke out in the region in July last year and has so far affected 1,005,632 people, killing 658.

10 Feb 2016 description

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • Le nombre de personnes souffrant de la faim a doublé en un an.

  • Le système d’assistance téléphonique, dédié à la protection, aide les victimes d’abus et permet d’avoir une vue d’ensemble des violations des droits de l’homme.

  • Le conflit entre les éleveurs et les communautés locales s’intensifie en raison de l’aggravation de l’insécurité.

  • Une sérieuse insuffisance de financement mine les opérations humanitaires : seulement 52 % du financement sollicité reçu en 2015.

10 Feb 2016 description

Bangui, Centrafrique | AFP | mercredi 10/02/2016 - 10:24 GMT

Un des chefs de l'Armée de résistance du seigneur (LRA) capturé lundi en Centrafrique est Okot Odek, un des principaux commandants de la sanguinaire rébellion ougandaise, a indiqué à l'AFP mercredi une source au sein de la gendarmerie centrafricaine.

10 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ugandans head to the polls February 18 amid a troubling increase in implied and explicit threats against anyone who might intend to protest the outcome. President Yoweri Museveni is running against seven other candidates, including long-time opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Recently, one ruling party official, Kasule Lumumba, was recorded telling people in a local language, Luganda, that if people come to protest election results, the state “will kill your children.”

10 Feb 2016 description
report Guardian

By Aidan McQuade

Child labour is, unhappily, sometimes the best option available for very poor families. Yet when children are enslaved, no one cares for their best interests

10 Feb 2016 description

By Louise Bloom, Humanitarian Innovation Project, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, February 9, 2016

Want to learn more about bottom-up innovation? Take a look at the Humanitarian Innovation Jam 2016 on Bottom-up Innovation. Local Challenges. Local Solutions.

10 Feb 2016 description
report Miraya FM

A joint border committee formed to resolve a border dispute between South Sudan and Uganda has started consultative meetings with communities.

The consultations which begun on Monday will be followed by a process of border demarcation spearheaded by a team of surveyors in the presence of an 18 man-committee with representatives from both Uganda and South Sudan.

Uganda’s state Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem, explained that the demarcation exercise will be conducted mainly in the violence prone areas of the border between Uganda and South Sudan.

09 Feb 2016 description
  1. Key points
  • According to the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have not yet committed/contributed any funding in 2016 for the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP). Outside of the appeal, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Denmark and Sweden have committed/contributed US$5.8 million to Uganda.
09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.