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Uganda: Revised gov't - LRA ceasefire deal signed

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KAMPALA, 1 November (IRIN) - Talks aimed at ending two decades of fighting in northern Uganda, were given a boost on Wednesday with the signing of a revamped truce in Juba, south Sudan, officials said.

The Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ended a week-long impasse when they penned the landmark agreement.

Under the latest ceasefire, the LRA will return to two previously abandoned neutral sites in southern Sudan which


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UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Phoebe Asiyo pushes for women's participation in the Northern Uganda peace talks

It was a momentous day in Kampala, Uganda, last Friday when UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Hon. Phoebe Asiyo handed the UNIFEM Peace Torch to Speaker of Parliament Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Deputy Speaker Hon. Rebecca Kadaga.

"Next time we visit Uganda, Mr. Speaker, we want to be talking about the implementation of the peace agreement that the women would have participated in its crafting," said Ambassador Asiyo. "We have left our children and our work in Kenya to be in support of our Uganda sisters, especially from the north, who are in distress and

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Ugandan government, LRA guerillas renew ceasefire

Kampala_(dpa) _ The government of Uganda and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) on Wednesday agreed to extend a ceasefire truce for another 30 days in a fresh bid to end a bloody 20-year war in the north of the country.

The deal gives the guerillas time to assemble in two areas in southern Sudan as agreed with the government in return for a general amnesty.

"This morning, we signed an agreement to renew the truce. This is an encouraging development which will allow us put back our soldiers into the assembly points," a spokesman for

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Kenya + 3 others
Norway and Sweden support UNIFEM urgent actions for women's rights in East Africa

Nairobi, 1 November 2006 - UNIFEM's interventions on women's rights and gender equality in Somalia and Uganda received a major boost this week with financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Norway. Key to women's rights protection and participation is leveraging the voice of women as change agents with influence on policy and peace efforts. Leveraging women's effective participation and contribution to real-time urgent actions for peace, recovery and healing remains at the core of activities by UNIFEM in the region.
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Fragile peace process for northern Uganda demands urgent local, international action

Mercy Corps
Global humanitarian agency outlines key recommendations for addressing 'silent disaster'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Peace talks to end the civil war in northern Uganda - fragile as they are - represent the best prospect in years for a resolution to the decades-old conflict, according to a new policy brief from Mercy Corps. In the report, the global humanitarian agency urges local and international actors to fortify the fragile peace process through swift and sustained support.

"Through generous, well-designed, and dependable assistance, the international community can help Ugandans

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Clashes between Ugandan tribe, military leave 27 killed

Kampala_(dpa) _ Some 27 people were killed and an unknown number injured in a remote north-eastern Ugandan village after clashes broke out between tribesmen and the military, an army spokesman said on Tuesday.

The troops were working to disarm the Karamojong tribesmen near Lopuyo village, 580 kilometres from the capital Kampala, when they were attacked by locals, army spokesman Major Felix Kulayigye told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

"We carried out a cordon and search operation but the warriors suddenly attacked us. They fired at us from

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Over 1.4 million Ugandan internal refugees to go home by 2007

KAMPALA, Oct 31, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Over 1.4 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the war-torn northern Uganda will go home while the government is to close all the refugee camps by the end of this year.

Tarsis Kabwegyere, the Minister of Relief and Disaster Preparedness, who was quoted by the state-owned New Vision on Tuesday, said the government has set December 31 as the deadline by which the IDPs must vacate the camps and go home.

"The camps must be empty. Nothing will stop us from achieving this because we have everything in place. The

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Uganda + 1 other
North Americans to tour refugee camps

Kristen DeRoo VanderBerg

CRWRC has just announced plans to send a group of North Americans to Africa to learn about refugees. This first ever "Refugee Camp Learning Tour" will take place on March 11-24, 2007 in Uganda and Kenya.

"Our goal is to help people visit and experience refugee life in a number of settlements and transit camps so that they can witness the difficulties and challenges of refugees first hand," said CRWRC's Refugee Coordinator Rose Dekker. "We hope this will deepen their understanding of refugee issues and strengthen the

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Côte d'Ivoire + 4 others
Annan calls for more aid, fairer trade and green revolution for Africa

UN News Service
Africans have undertaken a remarkable struggle over the past 10 years to confront the three overarching challenges of greater security, better development and respect for human rights, but the magnitude of the continent's needs leaves little room for complacency, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said last night.

"Africa needs more and better aid, it needs fairer trade, and it needs a green revolution to improve agricultural production and feed its people," he told an applauding audience at Georgetown University in Washington where he delivered the Oliver Tambo Lecture in

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Northern Uganda: November mission to assess impact of peace process

Advocates Sarah Martin and Kavita Shukla will be conducting Refugees International's fifth mission to northern Uganda since 2002. As a result of a brutal 20-year war between the Government of Uganda and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), almost 1.7 million people remain displaced in squalid camps and settlements without access to adequate basic services. Throughout the crisis, humanitarian agencies have had limited access to the internally displaced people living in camps in northern Uganda, and the population in the camps has experienced widespread
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FEWS Uganda Food Security Update Oct 2006 - Civil security improves, aiding IDPs return

Summary and Implications

In northern Uganda, the improvement in civil security will facilitate the relocation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) back or closer to home, improving their access to land. The improved production prospects may reduce the need for food assistance in 2007. Poor crop production in Karamoja this season is expected to leave about 500,000 people at risk of food insecurity and in need of assistance.

Seasonal Timeline

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Uganda: Direct Relief's programme activities update Oct 2006

Direct Relief
Recipient: Health Volunteers Overseas
Shipment: 5383
Shipment Date: 10/9/2006
Value: $7,751

Health Volunteers Overseas is a US-based organization sending professional medical staff on short-term and long-term assignments to work in pre-vetted hospitals across the developing world. This consignment will be used to create packets for doctors spending time at Mulago National Hospital and Complex in Uganda, Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia, and Sihanouk Hospital in Cambodia. We thank BD, Sandel Medical Industries, and Blue Ridge Medical for their contributions to this

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Food Trade Bulletin for East Africa Oct 2006


- Wholesale maize prices decline in East Africa

- Preparations for the next season begin in East Africa

- Informal trade continues despite export ban


As the maize harvesting season ends in Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya farmers from the grain basket in the Rift Valley have just started harvesting maize. The maize harvesting is expected to peak in November and consequently increase domestic stocks for most households. About 540,000MT of maize are expected to be harvested

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Uganda: Only peace can restore the confidence of the displaced

Update on the Implementation of the Recommendations made by the UN Secretary-General's Representative on Internally Displaced Persons following his visit to Uganda

Preface for the 2nd Edition, October 2006

Since the launch of this report in March 2006, events relating to northern Uganda have moved at a sharp pace. There has been increasing international pressure on the Government of Uganda to address ongoing confl ict and displacement in northern Uganda, and the UN has stepped up its humanitarian presence in the area considerably and

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InterAction Member Activity Report: Uganda

Background Summary

After obtaining its independence from British rule on October 9, 1962, Uganda embarked on its journey of self-governance with Edward Mutesa II as king of Buganda and ceremonial president, and Milton Obote as executive prime minister. With a population of over 28,195,754, composed of over twenty ethnic groups and approximately forty languages, Uganda has been tormented by conflict and humanitarian crises that stem from the persistent presence of corrupt governance, ethnic disparity, health issues, and economic turmoil.

Much of the present conflict has its

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Burundi + 8 others
FEWS Greater Horn of Africa Food Security Bulletin Oct 2006 - Heavy rains cause floods but relieve pastures

This report covers the period from 9/18/2006 to 10/17/2006


Heavy rains since October have caused severe flooding in areas already suffering from high levels of food insecurity. In the medium term, however, the rains will allow an improvement in crop and livestock production and food security in previously drought affected areas, which had suffered a drought that left a large population dependent on humanitarian aid.

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Afghanistan + 10 others
Monthly forecast Nov 2006

Overview for November

In November the Council will be under the presidency of Peru. The Council mission to Afghanistan, although comprising only a selection of Council members, will inevitably divert a lot of energy and focus away from the work programme in New York.

Fortunately, November is unusually light in terms of mandate expiry and review dates. Only one mandate renewal is expected, the EU Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (EUFOR) and only one review is scheduled - Ethiopia/Eritrea. But there are a full range of other pressing issues. Public meetings are likely to include:

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: Refugees in Rhino camp refugee settlement and Arura town


The Refugee Law Project (RLP) conducted over 200 in-depth interviews in Arua District in late July and early August 2006, some with self-settled refugees living in Arua town and the majority with refugees living in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement. Government officials and UN and NGO staff working in the settlement and in Arua and Rhino Camp towns were also interviewed.

The research trip was the third in a series of extended field visits to refugee hosting areas of Uganda in which the human rights and the protection of so-called vulnerable groups-and

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Sudan + 1 other
Attack kills five near south Sudan capital

By Opheera McDoom

GARBO, Sudan, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Unknown armed men attacked a south Sudan village killing five people, the latest in a spate of assaults terrorising villagers and hampering humanitarian aid access to one of the poorest areas on earth.

Almost daily attacks have shocked residents around southern Sudan's capital Juba over the past 10 days, including four last week which claimed 38 lives. Thursday's attack was on Garbo village, which faces Juba on the Nile.

The former southern rebel Sudan People's

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Uganda + 1 other
Ugandan army beefs up security along border with DR Congo

The Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) has beefed up security along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in anticipation of attacks from Ugandan rebel groups in eastern DR Congo, security officials said here on Friday

Ruth Nankabirwa, the state minister of defense told a press briefing that there have been high level security meetings between the Congolese and the Ugandan authorities, during which the two sides agreed on sharing intelligence information and carrying out joint verification and investigation of any rebel attack.

KAMPALA, Oct 27, 2006 (Xinhua via