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Map of Uganda - Including New Districts by Region (as of Jul 2006

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Uganda: Weekly situation report of WHO/HAC Kampala: 24th to 31st Jul 2006

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 DRC

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Ethiopia + 8 others
Field Exchange Jul 2006: No. 28

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

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Ugandan police to recruit 2,000 officers for war-torn north

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.
Police chief Kale Kayihura was quoted as saying that the plan was expected to begin at over 20 police stations and posts in Teso, Lango and Acholi sub-regions.

"We had planned to recruit 4,000 police officers, but we managed to get only 1,600. We need more 2,000 to

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Sudan + 1 other
Sudan - Uganda: LRA child abductees cry for home

Report
IRIN
[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]
NABANGA, 31 July (IRIN) - With tears in her eyes, the 18-year-old girl (name withheld) stood before a small group of rebels and aid workers, pleading: "We want to go back home, to be reunited with our families and go to school."

She was part of a group of more than 100 children paraded by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to officials of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) in a camp near the border between Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday.

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Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan vulnerable despite peace talks

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.
By Peter Eichstaedt near Juba, South Sudan (AR No. 72, 31-Jul-06)

Raphael Lado leaned unsteadily on his cane as he spoke about the night in mid-June when he narrowly escaped death.

Bandits broke into his mud hut in the middle of the night, flashed lights in his face, and shot dead his son-in-law, Joseph Wani, at point-blank range.

Seventy-year-old Lado lay on his cot,

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Chad + 3 others
Food aid to African countries through the World Food Programme

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.
The breakdown of this assistance is as follows:

(1) For conflict-afflicted people in

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Lebanon + 11 others
Health action in crises - Highlights No 118 - 24 to 30 Jul 2006

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. The mandate of the WHO Departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.
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Uganda rebel stays away, sends son to peace meeting

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 more

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Burundi + 14 others
Annual report 2005 - implementation of activities and use of funds

Introduction by the High Commissioner
There can be no question that 2005 was a seminal year for OHCHR. It marked the moment at which, for the first time, the United Nations human rights Office was able to combine vision, strategy, personnel, resources and political support into the beginnings of an effective means by which to seek to address some of the greatest human rights challenges we currently face in the world today. In the Report you have before you, we seek to explain to you how this has happened and what more needs to be done to enable us to continue down the path on which
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Uganda peace team meets LRA rebels at border

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

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Angola + 6 others
JRS Dispatches No. 198

(Extract)
Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

NEPAL: BHUTANESE REFUGEES WANT ACTION TO RESOLVE STALEMATE

On 18 July, Bhutanese refugees in Nepal continued what they described as an indefinite protest in the capital, Kathmandu, to push for talks with the government of Bhutan. They want the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Nepalese government to facilitate the talks.

The refugees have been organising the protest in front of the UN main office complex in Kathmandu for more than

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Afghanistan + 18 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 30 of 2006

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
(A) Highlights

(B) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo (3) Congo, DR (4) Ethiopia (5) Rwanda (6) Somalia (7) Sudan (8) Tanzania (9) Uganda

(C) West Africa: (1) Chad (2) Guinea (3) Liberia

(D) Asia: (1) Afghanistan (2) Pakistan (3) Timor Leste

(E) Latin America and Caribbean: (1)

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Land conflicts and their impact on refugee women's livelihoods in southwestern Uganda

Introduction
This paper presents the preliminary findings of a study on land conflicts between refugees and host communities in southwestern Uganda and their impact on refugee women's livelihoods. Uganda has a long history of hosting refugees that dates back to the 1940s, when it hosted Polish refugees; Rwandese and Sudanese in the 1950s (Holborn 1975:1213-1225). Refugees were placed in gazetted areas in close proximity to the local populations such as in the settlements of Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyaka 1 and II in Southwestern Uganda; Rhino Camp, Imvepi and Ikafe in
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Chad + 3 others
Japan donates US$17 million to help WFP consolidate peace in Africa

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.
The contribution, announced today, will support refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other vulnerable people in Chad, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Cereals and blended foods will be purchased and delivered to those at serious risk of malnutrition.

"This aid package provides a vital

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Uganda: No amnesty for atrocities

Turning a Blind Eye to Justice Undermines Durable Peace
(New York, July 28, 2006) - Genuine initiatives aimed at ending the devastating armed conflict in northern Uganda are welcome, but amnesties for war crimes and crimes against humanity must not be on offer, Human Rights Watch said today.

On July 14 peace talks began between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Juba, the capital of the regional government of Southern Sudan. As part of a peace package, the Ugandan government delegation is offering amnesty to

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Uganda/DRC: Ministry officials meet with the parliamentary

The minister of Defence Dr. Crispus Kiyonga has told a Parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs that Uganda is aware of that The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Peoples Redemption Army (PRA) and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) are still active in Eastern Congo.

He told the committee that these rebel groups pose a serious threat to the stability of the country and the region. Flanked by the State Minister of Defence Ruth Nnankabirwa and the Permanent Secretary Brig Noble Mayombo, the minister warned that if Uganda is attacked