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30 Sep 2004 description

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.

30 Sep 2004 description


Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlook for January-March at Four Months Lead

Southern Africa

30 Sep 2004 description

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.

30 Sep 2004 description
report 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.

30 Sep 2004 description
report 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).
30 Sep 2004 description


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

29 Sep 2004 description

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.

29 Sep 2004 description

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 clear indications of a swift …

29 Sep 2004 description

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.

29 Sep 2004 description

Geneva (ICRC) - As the final quarter of 2004 approaches, the ICRC still requires 132 million Swiss francs (Sfr) to cover its planned operations.

29 Sep 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

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.

28 Sep 2004 description

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.

27 Sep 2004 description
report 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.

27 Sep 2004 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

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 of Uganda, while the legacy of …

24 Sep 2004 description


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

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Rwanda, (8) Somalia, (9) Sudan, (10) Tanzania, (11) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Sahel region, (2) Chad, (3) Cote d'Ivoire, (4) Guinea, (5) Liberia, (6) Sierra Leone

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

24 Sep 2004 description
report Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 24, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Eastern Africa Locust Control Organization has made ready 3 planes to control possible desert locust infestation, Ethiopian media reported Friday.

The organization's director, Peter O. Odiyo, told the ministerial meeting that began here on Thursday that the planes will be employed to control the desert locust infestation feared to surface in the region as swarms are stretching eastward from countries in western Africa and the Red Sea areas.

24 Sep 2004 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a pact on Thursday pledging to try to resolve their differences peacefully in Africa's Great Lakes region, which has been plagued by ethnic strife.

A senior U.S. official said the Rwandan and Congolese foreign ministers and the Ugandan defense minister signed the agreement in the presence of U.S.

24 Sep 2004 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Sept 24, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Forty percent of Ugandan children below the age of five are stunted and undernourished and at least a third of all women are anemic due to malnutrition, reported Radio Uganda on Friday.

Joseph Nsereko, an agriculture economist with the Plan for Modernization of Agriculture Program (PMA), made the remarks when speaking at the regional consultative stakeholders workshop of food and nutrition for eastern Uganda at Busia community hall, eastern Uganda.