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Afghanistan + 23 others
Global end-year funding update for countries in crisis


AFGHANISTAN
Appeal status: 52% funded

Priority action for children: Accelerating Girls Education in Afghanistan

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Kenya + 3 others
Top level U.S. delegation assesses HIV/AIDS needs in Africa

HHS Secretary stops in Zambia on World AIDS Day
Livingstone, Zambia -- "On World AIDS Day, 2003, we need to focus special attention on that part of the globe that has been most devastated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy Thompson on the first scheduled stop in the four-nation tour he is leading to Africa.

"This is the largest and most diverse single mission of its kind, bringing leaders from across the spectrum to witness what AIDS is doing to Africa and what we can do to help Africa

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Humanitarian Update - Uganda, Volume V, Issue 10 and 11


Oct-Nov 2003
LRA activities intensify in Lira

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Burundi + 8 others
FEWS Greater Horn of Africa Food Security Update 30 Nov 2003


Regional overview - The 2004 Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for some of GHA countries released. The start of the short-rains season is late in parts of East African countries

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Uganda: Training on the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, Gulu and Kitgum, Nov 2003

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in partnership with OXFAM
Training on the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
November 2003
Gulu & Kitgum Districts, Uganda
Executive Summary

Over 150 displaced camp leaders, representatives of women associations and of local authorities participated in a series of workshops on IDP protection organized by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Oxfam in Gulu and Kitgum, Northern Uganda. These workshops followed the visit of the UN Special Representative on Internal Displacement and

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RDC: Le chef de la MONUC à Kampala pour des entretiens avec le Président ougandais

par Nana Rosine Ngangoué
Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour la République Démocratique du Congo, William Lacy Swing, se rend ce samedi 29 novembre à Kampala pour s'entretenir avec le Président ougandais, Yoweri Museveni.

M. Swing abordera avec le chef de l'Etat ougandais les progrès accomplis par la transition en RDC et les rapprochements perceptibles entre les Etats de la région. Cette évolution positive est conforme à la déclaration de principes sur les relations de bon voisinage

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Uganda + 1 other
Conflict between army, insurgents set to continue in northern Uganda

by Helen Vesperini

GULU, Uganda, Nov 29 (AFP) - Uganda's 17-year conflict pitting the army against the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels is set to continue, even though military operations have shifted recently from the north to the northeast of the country.

"I see no prospect of it ending any time soon," a diplomat in the region told AFP on Friday.

"There are few signs of the army making real headway against the LRA and the LRA gaining ground. It's the usual pattern of hit-and-run attacks on civilians," the diplomat said.

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Sudan + 1 other
Uganda claims LRA has training camps in Sudanese army held territory

KAMPALA, Nov 29 (AFP) - Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, feared for their brutal methods, are operating a training camp in areas under Sudanese army control, Ugandan junior defence Minister Ruth Nankabirwa said on Saturday.

"He (LRA leader Joseph Kony) still has a rear base camp some two to three kilometers northwest of Nisitu junction, which is behind Sudan army lines and our forces deployed there cannot do anything, because the protocol under which they are deployed does not allow them to go beyond some lines," Nankabirwa told AFP by telephone.

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Uganda rebels injure Italian priest, kill Ugandan

KAMPALA, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) killed a Ugandan and injured an Italian priest on Friday when they attacked a Catholic mission pickup truck in northern Uganda, the army said.
The LRA, led by self-proclaimed mystic and prophet Joseph Kony, has waged war against the Uganda government for 17 years.

The rebels are notorious for slicing off the limbs and lips of their victims and for snatching thousands of children for use as sex slaves and frontline fighters.

About 10 rebels opened fire at Father

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UN office in the Central African subregion: Letter from the Central African Republic (S/2003/1137)

S/2003/1137
Identical letters dated 25 November 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Central African Republic to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and to the President of the Security Council

On instructions from my Government, I have the honour to present the views of the Central African Republic concerning an extremely important issue dealt with in the report of the multidisciplinary assessment mission to the Central African subregion (S/2003/1077), which was debated in the Security Council on 24 November 2003.

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Afghanistan + 20 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 48 of 2003

This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Iran, (3) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) Republic of Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Uganda, (4) Eritrea, (5) Djibouti, (6) Ethiopia, (7) Somalia

C) West Africa: (1) Liberia, (2) Côte d'Ivoire

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Zambia, (4) Zimbabwe, (5) Malawi, (6) Swaziland, (7) Lesotho, (8) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) Myanmar, (2) DPR Korea

F) Latin America and the Caribbean: (1) Ecuador, (2) Colombia, (3) Guatemala

G) Eastern Europe and the Caucasus: (1) Russian Federation

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Ugandan army rescues over 60 children from rebels

Kampala (dpa) - Ugandan government forces have rescued 61 children from Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) guerrillas during a series of battles over the past 3 days in the north of the country, an army spokesman from the region said Thursday.
In one battle on Wednesday in a village bordering Sudan, 40 children between 8 and 20 years of age were rescued while others escaped from the LRA in other villages in the district, the spokesman said.

The children had been abducted by the LRA during the past three weeks from villages in the district of Gulu just

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UN agency provides Uganda with 1million dollars for displaced people

Report
Xinhua
KAMPALA, Nov 27, 2003 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided Uganda with an additional 1 million US dollars emergency funding to help the internally displaced people in conflict areas in the northern and eastern parts of the country.
UNICEF country representative Martin Mogwanja made the announcement at the Uganda-UNICEF country program mid-term review in Kampala on Wednesday, according to local daily The New Vision on Thursday.

Mogwanja said the money would go towards

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DR Congo: Addressing the present and building a future

Report
Amnesty


A Memorandum to the DRC transitional government of national unity, armed groups and foreign governments involved in the DRC conflict, and the international community
INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY

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Uganda's war against HIV/AIDS threatened by continuing civil war

Report
Christian Aid
Uganda is regarded as an HIV/AIDS success story. The government has led from the front and the benefits of a national government committed to addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic through all available channels are evident.
It is the only African country where HIV rates are declining. However, some now fear the country's 17-year civil war with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) will reverse advances made in the past decade.

The north has suffered the brunt of the war, which has been marked by child abductions and atrocities by the LRA.

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Fear of rebel brutality grips northern Uganda

by Helen Vesperini
NGETTA, Uganda, Nov 24 (AFP) - Villagers live in fear around the northern Ugandan town of Lira, epicentre of a murderous rampage by rebels who have killed scores of people in the area over the past week.

A traumatised old man, pointing at a log lying on the ground, recounts the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels' method: "They put a gun to your head and force you to lie face down with your neck on the log.

"They then take a club and beat you until you die. That way they save on ammunition," he said.

"This is where we laid my brother

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Letter from Uganda to the UN Security Council (S/2003/1116)

S/2003/1116
Letter dated 20 November 2003 from the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

Responses of Uganda People's Defence Forces officers to the report of the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Attached is a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, reference UN/SC/0, dated 31 October 2003, on the above subject matter (see annex).

It would be appreciated if the present

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Girls abducted by Ugandan rebels haunted by their ordeal long after escape

by Helen Vesperini
LIRA, Uganda, Nov 23 (AFP) - Northern Ugandan girls, abducted by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels to be their fighters and concubines, will bear the scars for years to come even after escaping from their captors.

Some are so traumatised they can only speak in monosyllables, others have to come to terms with bearing children fathered by rebel commanders. All face social stigma.

The Rachele Rehabilitation Centre in Lira, currently the region worst-affected by fighting between the LRA and the Ugandan army, is providing shelter to about 50 girls who have managed

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Churches, army claim 20 people killed in northern Ugandan civil war

KAMPALA, Nov 23 (AFP) - At least 20 people were killed and 69 children rescued from captivity in the northern Ugandan district of Lira in the past few days, Church and army officials said on Sunday.
At least 10 people were killed in Lira villages on Saturday and Sunday by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels," Roman Catholic priest Father Sebat Ayele told AFP by telephone from Lira.

"Four people were killed in Gomi village in Amachi sub-county and five in Dokolo village on Saturday, while another was killed in Agerego village on Sunday," Ayele said.

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Uganda: Lira hospital struggling to cope with influx of wounded civilians

by Helen Vesperini
LIRA, Uganda, Nov 23 (AFP) - In northern Uganda's district of Lira, which has recently become the main focus for attacks by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, the district hospital is struggling to cope with a massive influx of civilians with grevious gunshot and machete wounds.

The hospital in Lira town, the district capital, 380 kilometres (235 miles) north of Kampala, has patients crammed on beds, on rush mats between beds, in corridors and on the verandas.

"We have 250 beds, but we currently

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