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Uganda to resume military operations against northern rebels

Gulu, Uganda (dpa) - The Ugandan army resumed operations against guerrillas in the northern region Saturday following the expiry Friday of the ceasefire period offered to them and failure by the rebels to sign a ceasefire agreement with government the same day.

''We have resumed the operations against the rebels by order of the commander in chief (the president),'' spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza said.

Lord's Resistance Army LRA guerrillas whose rebellion has displaced over 1.6 million people in the region were poised to sign a cessation of hostilities agreement with government - but

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Uganda's northern war resumes after truce runs out

By Frank Nyakairu

GULU, Uganda, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Fighting resumed between Ugandan troops and northern rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) on Saturday after a temporary truce to facilitate peace talks ran out, the army said.

President Yoweri Museveni said in a New Year message the army would now attack the LRA until it vowed to disarm.

"The (military) operations will not cease ever again until the Kony group irreversibly commit themselves to come out of the bush," he said, referring to LRA leader Joseph Kony.

During the past 18 years, the cult-like

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Kenya + 2 others
East Africa Sub Regional Programmes Annual Appeal No. 05AA004


The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

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Burundi + 9 others
East Africa Annual Appeal No.05AA007


East Africa Regional Programmes
The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

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Humanitarian Update Uganda Nov-Dec 2004 Volume VI, Issues XI and XII


I. SECURITY
SECURITY OVERVIEW

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Ugandan government, rebels in last bid to agree on ceasefire text

by Vincent Mayanja

KITGUM, Uganda, Dec 31 (AFP) - Intense negotiations got under way Friday between Uganda's government and Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels to agree on a ceasefire text to end 18 years of bloody conflict, officials said.

The two sides held their very first face-to-face talks at Ludwa, near the northern border with Sudan, on Wednesday to discuss a ceasefire in a north Ugandan war which has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced 1.6 million people.

They decided to reach a ceasefire accord

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Uganda's full ceasefire deal indefinitely postponed: mediators

by Vincent Mayanja
KITGUM, Uganda, Dec 31 (AFP) - Last-minute hitches Friday prevented the planned signing of a ceasefire agreement between Uganda's government and Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels to end 18 years of war in northern Uganda.

"A draft memorandum has been developed, but there have been delays which cannot permit us to sign the memorandum," the head of the mediating team, Betty Bigombe, told a press conference.

"We shall inform you on the new date and venue of the signing."

Bigombe's announcement came in the wake

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Bulletin du développement durable de l'Afrique

ECA/SDD/04/0

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Une révolution verte en Afrique

Révolution verte: le cas de l'Ouganda

Par Alex Tindimubona et Jacques Hamel

Le triangle de Luwero, au centre de l'Ouganda, est une zone qui a été dévastée par la guerre dans les années 80. En 1998, à la ?n des hostilités après le retour des habitants, les chercheurs de l'Uganda National Banana Research Program du Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute ont apporté leur concours pour remettre en état le système de production agricole de Luwero sur la base des principes de la révolution

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Afghanistan + 24 others
International Rescue Committee 2004 Annual Report


The IRC's Impact

In 2004, IRC humanitarian aid programs restored hope and opportunity for more than 15 million conflict-affected individuals around the world, and millions more were helped by the 5,600 local organizations and community groups that the IRC supports. Here's a look at some of the IRC's most recent achivements:

- More than 4.3 million people gained access to clean water and sanitation through our environmental health programs.

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Uganda + 1 other
Refugee Law Project Working Paper No. 13 - Child protection in the context of displacement: Ntoroko County, Bundibugyo District, Uganda

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This report draws upon material collected during field research in Ntoroko County in October-November 2004, as well as workshops conducted in Bundibugyo, Rwebisengo, Karagutu and Ntoroko in November 2004. It was written by Christina Clark, Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project (RLP), with funding from Save the Children in Uganda (SCiU). The research team also included Jane Akello, RLP; Joan Aliobe, RLP; Vanensio Bamwitirebye, Child Concern Initiatives Project; Richard Baluku, The Organisation for the Emancipation of the Rural Poor (TOERUP);
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Angola + 6 others
Africa: Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program - progress report and work plan, Oct - Dec 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 (July to September 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. The box below provides a snapshot of the quarter's main activities under the program. Tables providing updates on the status of national programs
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Uganda: Government, LRA agree to sign ceasefire accord

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KAMPALA, 30 December (IRIN) - The Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have agreed to sign a general ceasefire agreement to pave the way for formal negotiations to end the 18-year conflict in the north peacefully, sources said.

"We are preparing to sign it tomorrow (Friday) in Kitgum," the Ugandan internal affairs minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, who is leading the government negotiating team to talks with the rebels, told IRIN on Thursday. "We are still agreeing on the text

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The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union welcomes the progress being made in the talks between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)

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African Union
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konaré, welcomes the progress being reported in the peace talks in Kitgum (Northern Uganda) between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

The Chairperson commends the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, for demonstrating goodwill and willingness to resolve the conflict in northern Uganda through dialogue.

These talks aimed at ending the 18-year conflict demonstrate the willingness of the parties to resolve their differences

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Ugandan army kills 30 rebels in north

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KAMPALA, Dec 28, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least 30 rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have been killed in a recent attack by the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) at their hideouts in Gulu district in war-torn northern Uganda, The New Vision newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The UPDF said it launched the military operation at Ora-apwoyo village in Lalogi sub-county on Sunday when the rebels had cleared out of the 100-square-mile peace zone.

UPDF spokesman based in the north Lt. Paddy Ankunda was quoted by the state-owned newspaper as saying that the

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92 Rwandan refugees return from Uganda

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Xinhua
KIGALI, Dec 28, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least 92 Rwandan refugees have returned from exile in Nyakivara and Cyaka refugee camps in western Uganda, the Rwandan Refugee Commission said here Tuesday.
The refugees entered through Gatuna boarder post and have been relocated to Umutara province north of the central African country.

"There are many more refugees who remain in the camps but they also think of returning home soon," said Jean Mukamana, one of the returnees.

"We have been scared that Rwanda

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Religious leaders hold talks with Ugandan rebels

Kampala (dpa) - A team of religious leaders began talks Tuesday with Ugandan rebels in hope of ending a civil war that has displaced over 1.6 million people in the north of the country, officials have confirmed.

The consultations between the religious leaders and the commanders of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), taking place at an undisclosed location near the Sudanese border will be followed by talks between the rebel leadership and the government of president Yoweri Museveni who in mid-November offered a ceasefire to the rebels.

"The religious leaders started talking

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Tribal leaders to mediate between Ugandan gov't, rebels

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KAMPALA, Dec 28, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A group of tribal and religious leaders in northern Uganda on Tuesday headed to an area near the Sudan border for talks with Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commanders aimed at mediating peace between the Ugandan government and the northern rebels.

"The delegation is on the way to meet LRA representatives and we shall know more about that when they return later in the day," Ugandan Minister of Internal Affairs Ruhakana Rugunda said in northern Uganda.

Rugunda and the government delegation

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Nearly three million people survive on relief in Uganda

KAMPALA, Dec 28 (AFP) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said it feed nearly three million people in Uganda in 2004, compared to 2.4 million last year.

"WFP fed some 2.85 million people in 2004 in an enormous operation in which, on average, we distributed 16,500 tonnes of food each month in Uganda, making it one of the agency's biggest country operations after Ethiopia, North Korea and Sudan," WFP Country Director Ken Davies said.

"Throughout this difficult year, we have been operating from hand-to-mouth, but the international community,

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Ugandan rebels kill one in southern Sudan

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Xinhua
KAMPALA, Dec 27, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have killed one person and captured two others in southern Sudan, local press The New Vision reported on Monday.

The Ugandan army's 4th division chief Nathan Mugisha was quoted by the state-owned newspaper as saying that the attack took place last week at a Sudanese People's Liberation Army camp in southern Sudan.

Mugisha said the rebels were under the command of Opiro Anaka, adding that the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) mobile troops recovered two guns and 30 bullets.