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31 Jul 2006 description
report Government of Japan
  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend food aid totaling 2.01billion yen (approximately US$ 18.1 million) through the World Food Programme (WFP) to Darfur refugees and others in Sudan and Chad and to people in Kenya and Uganda facing serious food shortage caused by drought. Notes to this effect were exchanged on July 28 (Fri) in Rome between Mr. Yuji Nakamura, Japanese Ambassador to Italy, and Mr. John M. Powell, Deputy Executive Director of the WFP.
31 Jul 2006 description

General Information and Context

Security

Security situation in the country remain stable.

Incidence of robbery has increased in the urban areas especially in Kampala where an attempted robbery on a WHO staff resulted in a major road traffic accident

The security situation in the north is as it is reported by the northern team

Peace Negotiation (GoU and LRA)

The peace talk between GoU and LRA rebels is continuing

Close relatives of Joseph Kony, Acholi elders and selected government officials visited and had discussions with the LRA in Garamba park …

31 Jul 2006 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Jul 31, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan Police Force will recruit 2,000 people to strengthen the security in the war-torn north as the displaced begin to return to their villages, the state-owned daily New Vision reported on Monday.

31 Jul 2006 description

Even if Ugandan rebels operating in southern Sudan agree to stop fighting, the region is likely to suffer more raiding by renegade militias and bandits.

31 Jul 2006 description
report IRIN

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

31 Jul 2006 description

From the Editor

This issue of Field Exchange features four field articles about community based therapeutic care of the severely malnourished, a type of programming that is increasingly being rolled out by humanitarian agencies.

The article by Josephine Querubin from ACF-USA is about a home based treatment (HT) programme in Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal in southern Sudan, introduced following drought and a large returnee influx. HT was adopted as previous experiences of using the centre based therapeutic feeding model had been poor with high defaulter rates and low coverage.

30 Jul 2006 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Matthew Green

NABANGA, Sudan, July 30 (Reuters) - The leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels failed to appear at peace talks due to take place on the Sudan-Congo border on Sunday, instead sending his 14-year-old son as a gesture to placate mediators.

The rebels said Joseph Kony, who has lead the LRA uprising in northern Uganda for 19 years and is internationally wanted, would meet delegates from Uganda and southern Sudan at a remote clearing on the border on Monday.

They blamed rain for the delay.

Kony's LRA insurgency has displaced …

30 Jul 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

29 Jul 2006 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Matthew Green

SUDAN/CONGO BORDER, July 29 (Reuters) - The deputy leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ventured out of the bush on Saturday for a meeting on the Sudan-Congo border with a delegation seeking to persuade the group to agree to peace.

Laughing and cracking jokes, south Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar -- who wants to broker a deal to end the two-decade insurgency -- sat under a tree in a plastic chair to receive the LRA's internationally wanted second in command, Vincent Otti.

The LRA has previously launched attacks in …

28 Jul 2006 description
report Human Rights Watch

Turning a Blind Eye to Justice Undermines Durable Peace

28 Jul 2006 description

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28 Jul 2006 description

Yokohama, 28 July 2006 - WFP today welcomed an announcement by the Government of Japan to donate US$17.3 million (JPY 2.01 billion) to assist the people of four African countries that are currently ravaged by conflict or drought.

28 Jul 2006 description

This week's report covers the following sectors: Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Education, Food, Health, Infrastructure and Rehabilitation, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

26 Jul 2006 description

Families of LRA rebels and traditional leaders will meet this week before high-level talks restart next week.

By Tristan McConnell | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

KAMPALA, UGANDA - Despite getting off to a rocky start this month, peace talks to bring an end to the brutal 19-year war in northern Uganda were adjourned this week with mediator Riek Machar citing "substantial progress."

The talks between the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government are still regarded as the best chance in years to bring an end to the war.

26 Jul 2006 description
report IRIN

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