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31 Dec 2004 description

ECA/SDD/04/0

(Extrait)

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.

31 Dec 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 (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.
31 Dec 2004 description


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.

31 Dec 2004 description

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 in the next two days, scheduling the …

31 Dec 2004 description

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.

30 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

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

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.

30 Dec 2004 description
report 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.

28 Dec 2004 description

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, was …

28 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

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 led by him were dispatched last …

28 Dec 2004 description

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 …

28 Dec 2004 description
report 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.

28 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

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.

27 Dec 2004 description
report 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 …

27 Dec 2004 description

Kampala (dpa) - Twenty one rebels were killed during a battle in the war-ravaged northern Ugandan district of Gulu, a Ugandan army spokesman said Monday.

The army spokesman in the region, Lieutenant Paddy Ankunda, said seven rebels were captured along with an assortment of military equipment during Sunday's clash.

"We intercepted a group of about 35 rebels and killed 21 of them using both helicopters and infantry,'' Ankunda told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa via telephone from Gulu, about 360 kilometres north of Kampala.

He said the rebels were killed …

24 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Dec 24, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least 247 Rwandan refugees have returned home after 11 years of exile in Uganda, local newspaper The New Vision reported Friday.

Adam Diis Iimi, head of field office of the United Nations refugee agency in Mbarara, southern city of Uganda, was quoted as saying that this week's repatriation was voluntary.

"They requested to go home and we accepted to facilitate them," Iimi said.

Uganda signed a tripartite voluntary repatriation agreement with Rwanda and the UN refugees agency in July 2003 to provide a legal …

23 Dec 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Russian Federation

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

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Liberia, (3) Mauritania, (4) Sahel region

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Namibia, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Indonesia

23 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

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

KAMPALA, 23 Dec 2004 (IRIN) - The Ugandan military said on Thursday that the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) had misused a month-long ceasefire declared by the government, and instead of a showing commitment to peace, regrouped to execute more atrocities in the northern region.

Army spokesman, Maj Shaban Bantariza, told IRIN that the ceasefire period "was a time lost as far as the military is concerned", adding that the army had lost its momentum.

23 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

Throwing a spotlight once again on the plight of thousands of children abducted as soldiers and sex slaves by Ugandan rebels, deemed one the world's most under-reported stories, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for the tragedy to serve as a springboard to revamp the global approach to children's rights.