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Uganda + 1 other
Eight abducted Ugandan children flown home from Sudan

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KAMPALA, May 1, 2002 (Xinhua) -- Eight abducted Ugandan children have been flown home aboard a chartered plane from Juba in southern Sudan, the New Vision newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The children, escorted by two officials from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Mades Oyen and John Walbum, arrived at the northern Gulu Airfield on Tuesday.

The youths aged 14 to 27, escaped from the rebel Lord Resistance Army (LRA) camps in southern Sudan and were kept by the Sudanese government for two years.

They were received by Minister of State

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Somalia + 6 others
East Africa: Annual Report (Appeal 01.10/2001)


This Annual Report is intended for reporting on the Federation's Annual Appeals only.
Appeal Target: CHF 4,819,204 (USD 2,969,221 or EUR 3,296,273)

Objectives, Achievements and Constraints Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response

During the year, the regional disaster preparedness and response Strategy 2010 was launched through the East Africa Appeal 2001-2002, and the necessary structures and systems set up for the next nine years. The programme team was composed of one delegate and two regionally recruited officers.

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UN Security Council peace mission in rebel-held east DR Congo

KISANGANI, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 1 (AFP) - UN Security Council ambassadors arrived in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) town of Kisangani on Wednesday on the fourth leg of a tour aimed at boosting peace in Africa's Great Lakes region.
The delegates, led by France's UN ambassador Jean-David Levitte, met with local officials and visited the base of the UN Observer Mission to the Congo (MONUC), where Moroccan troops welcomed them with a guard of honour.

They were due to hold talks later Wednesday

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Uganda: Annual Report (Appeal 01.19/2001)

This Annual Report is intended for reporting on the Federation's Annual Appeals only.
Appeal Target: CHF 2,139, 000 (USD 1,317,943 or EUR 1,463,092)

Operational Developments

In 2001, the total number of people in Uganda affected by calamities and in need of humanitarian assistance decreased from 1.1 million to 716,879 or by 35 per cent. This reduction was attributed to several factors including: (a) withdrawal of Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and

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Burundi + 3 others
UN envoys take peace mission to Congo's Kabila

By William Maclean
KINSHASA, April 30 (Reuters) - A U.N. Security Council mission meets Congo's President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday to revive efforts to end Africa's biggest war after Rwandan-backed rebels rejected a partial peace deal as a sham.

The team of 15 diplomats from the world's top security body arrived in Kinshasa in the early hours on Tuesday after talks with President Thabo Mbeki in South Africa and President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.

"We arrived here in an optimistic spirit," mission leader and French U.N. ambassador Jean-David Levitte

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Burundi + 4 others
DRC: Security Council encourages all parties to be ''flexible''

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NAIROBI, 30 April (IRIN) - Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, the French diplomat heading the current UN Security Council mission to the Great Lakes region, on Monday encouraged all parties to the recently-concluded inter-Congolese dialogue (ICD) to be "flexible" in their demands and to agree to hold discussions on substantive issues and the steps to achieve reconciliation, Radio France Internationale (RFI) reported.
"It is certainly not the role of the [UN] Security Council to replace the Congolese parties," Levitte
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DRC's Kabila open to more talks on power sharing: UN

by Anthony Morland
KINSHASA, April 30 (AFP) - President Joseph Kabila of the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said Tuesday he was willing to pursue negotiations on power-sharing which have left a Rwandan-backed rebel group crying foul, a top UN diplomat said after meeting him.

"We are optimistic because President Kabila told us that the door of dialogue was wide open and that he was favourable to continuing this dialogue between all the Congolese people," French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, the head of a peace-boosting Security

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Malawi + 3 others
HIV epidemic and other crisis response in sub-Saharan Africa

InFocus Programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction
Working Paper 6
Desmond Cohen
Recovery and Reconstruction Department, Geneva, April 2002

PREFACE

The overall goal of the current ILO InFocus Programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction is to develop the ILO coherent and rapid response to the different crises - natural disasters, armed conflicts, financial and economic downturns and difficult political and social transitions - focusing on areas of ILO comparative advantage. Knowledge development

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Afghanistan + 34 others
FAO/GIEWS Foodcrops and Shortages No. 2/2002

CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION
OVERVIEW

As of mid-April 2002, the number of countries facing serious food shortages throughout the world stands at 34. However, in several sub-regions the food supply situation has markedly improved compared to 2000/01.

In eastern Africa, favourable secondary season cereal harvests in parts and forecasts of near-normal rainfall over most of sub-region for the period March-May 2002, augur well for the food supply outlook. However, the effects earlier devastating droughts and past or ongoing conflicts continue to undermine the food security of

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Angola + 18 others
Food Supply Situation and Crop Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa No. 1/2002


INTRODUCTION
This is the first issue in 2002 of this quarterly report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation, cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in humanitarian operations.

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DRC government says peace deal is final, rules out new talks

KINSHASA, April 29 (AFP) - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday ruled out an extension of peace talks designed to end a four-year civil war, saying a deal it reached with one rebel group was final.
"The Inter-Congolese Dialogue has run its term and is consequently finished," Foreign Minister Leonard She Okitundu told private television channel Antenne A.

"The facilitators should now acknowledge the agreement that was signed in Sun City," he said. The marathon talks among domestic parties to the conflict in the DRC were held in the

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: Government denies military training plans for returnees

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NAIROBI, 29 April (IRIN) - The Ugandan government has no official plans to subject a group of returnees recently expelled from Tanzania, where they had been living, to military and political training, a senior official in the Office of the Prime Minister has told IRIN.
The New Vision government-owned newspaper reported on Monday that the at least 3,000 returnees from Tanzania, where they have lived for decades, were to undergo a political and military course aimed at orientating them to Uganda's governance system.

The Ugandan returnees, mainly ethnic

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Ugandan rebels shoot 60 mourners dead inside Sudan

KAMPALA, April 28 (AFP) - Up to 60 mourners have been shot dead in southern Sudan by suspected Ugandan rebels who forced them to eat a dead body they were about to bury, the Ugandan army charged Sunday.

Army spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza told AFP that the attack took place Friday on the ranges of mountain Agoro, which straddles the Uganda, Sudan border.

"The LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) attacked them as they were about to bury a person," Bantariza said, adding that Ugandan forces battling the rebels in the area gave the report.

"At gun point they forced them to

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Burundi + 3 others
UN Security Council mission starts whirlwind African tour

by Anthony Morland
PRETORIA, April 28 (AFP) - A UN Security Council mission began a whirlwind tour of eight African countries in South Africa on Sunday, aimed at boosting peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

Headed by French ambassador Jean-David Levitte -- who sounded an upbeat note as he arrived in Pretoria -- the third such mission in as many years will also visit Angola, Burundi, the DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

"We all consider that it is a very important moment for the peace process in the Great Lakes region,"

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UN envoys to visit Congo as peace hangs in balance

By William Maclean
NAIROBI, April 26 (Reuters) - A U.N. Security Council mission makes a fresh Congo peace push next week with the vast African country teetering between reconciliation and more war.

Peace efforts hang in the balance after a partial settlement reached at talks last week was roundly rejected by Rwanda, the main anti-government protagonist in Africa's biggest war.

Council ambassadors on Monday begin a tour of at least seven countries to rescue attempts to end the nearly four-year-old conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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UN delegation seeks peace in central Africa

by Bernard Estrade
UNITED NATIONS, April 26 (AFP) - A UN Security Council delegation is on Saturday to begin a mission hoping to speed up the peace process in the Great Lakes region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 10-day mission to eight African nations comes in the wake of a power-sharing deal cut on the sidelines of peace talks in Sun City, South Africa, by the government of President Joseph Kabila and the Ugandan-backed Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC).

Under the deal, Kabila will remain the head of state in a transitional government, and millionaire businessman

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Sudan + 1 other
Sudan-Uganda: Relations unaffected by UN human rights vote

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 26 April (IRIN) - Uganda's recent vote in favour of a UN resolution expressing concern over the human rights situation in neighbouring Sudan, will have little effect on the good relations currently enjoyed by the two countries, government officials in Kampala have said.
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights on 19 April narrowly adopted a resolution expressing concern over human rights abuses in Sudan, including the use of children as soldiers, forced displacement, arbitrary detention, torture, and summary and arbitrary
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Djibouti + 6 others
Horn of Africa: IRIN Weekly Round-up 86 covering the period 20 - 26 Apr 2002

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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: "Positive" meeting between military leaders

The first meeting between military leaders from Ethiopia and Eritrea since the new border was announced was hailed as "positive and relaxed" by the UN on Monday. Brig-Gen Yohanes Gebremeskel from Ethiopia and Eritrea's Brig-Gen Abrahaley Kifle met in Djibouti within the framework of the Military Coordination Commission (MCC).

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Sudan + 1 other
Uganda's rebels cause havoc as they flee bases in southern Sudan

Khartoum (dpa) - Rebels of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) are militarily clearing their way as they flee into Imatong mountains to avoid a Uganda army offensive against their bases in southern Sudan.

Dr Theophilous Ochang Lotti, chairman and commander-in-chief of the Equatoria Defence Force (EDF), said Friday that the LRA moving in thousands with heavy armaments attacked and dislodged the EDF from their base at Katire 30 kilometres south of Torit town on April 23.

Under the 1997 Khartoum agreement the EDF was allowed by the Sudanese government to occupy the eastern bank of

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Burundi + 6 others
IRIN-CEA Weekly Round-up 120 covering the period 20 - 26 Apr 2002

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IRIN
UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
ROC: Fighting continues, entire Pool region inaccessible

The entire Pool region of the Republic of Congo (ROC) remains inaccessible, even for humanitarian missions, with Congolese authorities stating that access will not be possible until at least 25 April, the office of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the ROC reported on Monday. The situation "remains tense" in various localities of the Pool region, although there were no reports

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