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Uganda: Sporadic clashes in war-ravaged north

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IRIN
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KAMPALA, 1 October (IRIN) - Three days of sporadic fighting in war-ravaged northern Uganda between government forces and rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) suggests that the situation in the region is still fragile, religious leaders told IRIN.

On three occasions this week, the Ugandan army has fought battles with LRA groups that reportedly crossed over from Sudan on Monday. The groups were reportedly led by LRA leader, Joseph Kony.

The Army spokesman, Maj Shaban Bantariza,

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Eight rebels killed in fresh fighting in north Uganda: army

KAMPALA, Oct 1 (AFP) - Eight Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have been killed and six wives of LRA leader Joseph Kony captured in a battle in the northern Ugandan district of Gulu, an army spokesman confirmed.

"We found them hiding in the jungles and used infantry and helicopter gunships to kill eight of them, while two of our soldiers were injured," Ankunda told AFP by telephone from Gulu on Friday.

Ankunda said that the battle between government forces and the rebels, commanded by Kony himself, took place

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Angola + 9 others
More nations join UN group pushing peace in conflict-prone Central Africa

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UN News Service
Angola, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo and Sudan have signed on as members of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, a United Nations-initiated summit that will try to resolve the many problems bedevilling Central Africa.

The inclusion of the four countries "will usher in a fresh dynamism to the process," Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative to the Great Lakes region Ibrahima Fall said today in Nairobi.

The first of the Conference's two summits on peace, security, democracy and development in the Great Lakes region

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Afghanistan + 33 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 40 of 2004


(A) Highlights
(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iran, (3) Iraq

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Burundi, (3) DR Congo, (4) Djibouti, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Rwanda, (8) Somalia, (9) Sudan, (10) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Sahel region, (2) Chad, (3) Cote d'Ivoire, (4) Liberia

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Madagascar, (5) Malawi, (6) Mozambique, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zambia, (9) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) DPR Korea

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Ugandan displaced people advised to be wary of landmines

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Xinhua
KAMPALA, Sept 30, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Internally displaced persons ( IDPs) in northern Uganda have been advised to be more observant of landmines and unexploded ordinances (UXOs) as they move out of the IDPs camps to look for food in the villages, local press reported on Thursday.
The call came from Jeff Dixon, an officer in charge of the landmine awareness program of the International Service and Volunteers Association at a meeting in Lira, northern Uganda.

Over 1.6 million people have been displaced by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in their 18-year rebellion in northern

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Ugandan army kills 24 rebels in ongoing clashes

Kampala (dpa) - Ugandan forces battling a group of rebel fighters in the north of the county said Thursday they had killed 24 rebels and captured 14, including the son of notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony.

Severe clashes took place Wednesday in the Okudi hills, close to the northern Ugandan city of Gulu, as well as in the districts of Kitgum and Pader.

"Kony was not far away when we attacked his forces. His son Ocan was with the rebels we captured,'' said army spokesperson Lieutenant Paddy Ankunda.

Kony entered Uganda from southern Sudan

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Chad + 14 others
Africa: Weather hazards assessment 30 Sep - 06 Oct 2004


Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlook for January-March at Four Months Lead

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Humanitarian Update Uganda Sep 2004 Volume VI, Issue IX

I. SECURITY
SECURITY OVERVIEW

Like July and August, September has been a relatively quiet month with fewer security incidents particularly in Gulu district. However, the situation in Kitgum and Pader remains more insecure, with reports of abductions, road ambushes and killings of civilians through the month. In Teso (Soroti, Katakwi and Kaberamaido districts) and Lango (Lira and Apac districts) regions, the security remained calm through the month. The month saw the number of incidents reported in Lira continue to fall although rumours of LRA crossings and sightings continued

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Eritrea + 8 others
FEWS Greater Horn of Africa Food Security Update Sep 2004: Deterioration of pastoralist livelihoods


The food security trends for pastoralists in GHA show growing uncertainties, which could lead to pre-famine conditions as assets and coping abilities erode
Introduction

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Afghanistan + 26 others
Health Action in Crises Monthly Report Sep 2004

DISCLAIMER: The following is a non-exhaustive selection of health-related events For a list of acronyms, please see the last page of this and WHO actions undertaken during the stated period in specific countries in update. which populations are experiencing crisis conditions. This has been compiled by WHO/Health Action in Crises (HAC/HQ), in consultation with relevant Country and Regional Offices. If you are a WHO staff member and wish to contribute to this update, please write crises@who.int.

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Angola + 6 others
Africa: Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program - progress report and work plan, Jul - Sep 2004

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World Bank
1. This report provides an update of activities carried out under the Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program (MDRP) since the time of the previous quarterly progress report (April to June 2004). The report is organized by the four main components of the MDRP, namely: (i) national demobilization and reintegration programs; (ii) special projects; (iii) regional activities; and (iv) overall program management. Tables providing updates on the status of national programs and special projects, an unaudited financial statement of the MDRP Trust Fund, and
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War within a war - Controlling a fatal disease outbreak in a conflict situation: The Ebola epidemic in Gulu, Uganda

by Elliot Munaaba, Sam Okware and Vincent Oketcho
Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever erupted in war-ravaged Gulu District, Uganda, between October 2000 and February 2001. Of 425 cases of the disease, 224 died, including 17 medical personnel. The epidemic created long lasting fear and psychosocial trauma, even resulting in an uneasy truce between the warring factions that made it easier to access the affected communities.

Population mobility increased the risk of spreading the disease, and complicated surveillance. This Technical

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: 21 LRA rebels killed in northern Uganda - army

KAMPALA, Sept 29 (AFP) - The Ugandan army killed 21 Lord's Resistant Army rebels in northern Uganda in the past two days and captured 14 others, including LRA leader Joseph Kony's son, an army spokesman said Wednesday.
"This morning at around 10:00 am (0700 GMT), we engaged a group of rebels at Okidi Hills in Gulu district and killed seven of them," Major Shaban Bantariza told AFP in Kampala.

"Our soldiers also killed 14 rebels in three separate battles late on Tuesday," another army spokesman based in northern Uganda, Lieutenant Chris Magezi, said.

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Uganda: UNICEF seeks US $7.8 million for conflict-hit north

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IRIN
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KAMPALA, 29 September (IRIN) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday appealed for US $7.8 million to fund projects to help an estimated 1.6 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in strife-torn northern Uganda.

"In response to the prevailing humanitarian needs, UNICEF, in cooperation with its partners, has been implementing emergency activities in the eight conflict-affected districts. However, financial resources continue to hinder our overall response," UNICEF said in the appeal.

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ICRC renews funding appeal for 2004 field operations

Geneva (ICRC) - As the final quarter of 2004 approaches, the ICRC still requires 132 million Swiss francs (Sfr) to cover its planned operations. This shortfall, which amounts to almost 20 per cent of its Sfr 790 million field budget, remains a concern for the ICRC as it strives to fulfil its humanitarian commitments for the year.

Presenting the 2004 renewed emergency appeal from ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Pierre Krähenbühl, director of operations, underlined the importance of sustained donor support: "It is vital for the ICRC to be able to respond impartially to needs when and

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Uganda + 1 other
LRA leader Kony enters Uganda - 13 rebels killed in clashes

Kampala (dpa) - A notorious guerilla leader behind a 17-year rebellion in northern Uganda has crossed into the country from Sudan, military officials said Wednesday adding that 13 rebels had been killed in resulting clashes.

Joseph Kony, the leader of the fundamentalist Christian Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) which has bases in southern Sudan, crossed the border with about 70 fighters on Monday, regional military spokesperson Lieutenant Paddy Ankunda confirmed.

Some 13 of the fighters accompanying Kony are understood to have been killed Tuesday in clashes with government

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UNICEF doubts peace returning to northern Uganda

KAMPALA, Sept 29 (AFP) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday expressed doubt that peace was returning to northern Uganda, saying brutal attacks on civilians by pockets of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels continued.

"Signs of attenuation in the conflict have emerged recently, with incidents of low to mid-rank LRA commanders being captured by or surrendering to the Ugandan army being higher this year than in the past two years," UNICEF noted in a statement sent to AFP on Wednesday.

"But despite these, there are no

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Humanitarian Update for Uganda Aug 2004

The contents of this Update do not necessarily represent the views of the United Nations. Sources for the Humanitarian Update include Government, UN, NGOs, donors, IOs and news agencies.
- Figures for the displaced people do not reflect "night commuters" in the towns. It should also be noted that the figures fluctuate according to the prevailing security.

- The IDP and refugee figures are as of end July 2004.

- The trend will remain as =DB unless there is a change (either increase or decrease) of 500 people.

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Elusive rebel is only tip of northern Uganda's woes

By Daniel Wallis

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's most notorious rebel eader is on the run, the army says, hounded through the grasslands of southern Sudan by troops and helicopter gunships.

But even if the army finally deals a death blow to dreadlocked Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, Ugandans are painfully aware that resolving the tensions his 18-year revolt has come to symbolise may be a far harder task.

Kony's uprising has exposed a deep rift between his impoverished northern homeland and the more prosperous south

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Uganda: Pawns of Politics - Children, conflict and peace in Northern Uganda

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World Vision
The armed conflict in northern Uganda has been overlooked and misunderstood for the past 18 years. It is a tragic struggle for power involving children, who are used as pawns for military and political purposes. They are abused; they are manipulated; and by most, they are pitied, then ignored. In spite of good intentions and laws against child abuse, these children have no protection for their security and basic rights.

The misunderstanding has resulted in a tendency to simplify the conflict to merely "getting the bad guy,"