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31 Oct 2006 description


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

Summary

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.

31 Oct 2006 description

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.

31 Oct 2006 description
report InterAction

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.

31 Oct 2006 description
report Direct Relief

Recipient: Health Volunteers Overseas
Shipment: 5383
Shipment Date: 10/9/2006

31 Oct 2006 description
report Xinhua

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.

31 Oct 2006 description

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 behind and in front.

31 Oct 2006 description

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.

31 Oct 2006 description
report 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 …

31 Oct 2006 description

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.

31 Oct 2006 description


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

31 Oct 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Wholesale maize prices decline in East Africa

- Preparations for the next season begin in East Africa

- Informal trade continues despite export ban

CROP PRODUCTION AND HARVESTING UPDATE

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 by end of the year.

30 Oct 2006 description

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.

30 Oct 2006 description
report Refugee Law Project

INTRODUCTION

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.

28 Oct 2006 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

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.

27 Oct 2006 description
report Mercy Corps

BY BRIAN GRZELKOWSKI

Mercy Corps recently took part in a fact-finding mission in northern Uganda, an area that is taking its first tentative steps towards peace after twenty years of conflict.

Until recently, northern Uganda has been ravaged by continued fighting between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and government forces.

27 Oct 2006 description

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

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Lebanon

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo (DR) (3) Ethiopia (4) Kenya (5) Somalia (6) Tanzania (7) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Cote d'Ivoire (2) Liberia

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Angola (2) Lesotho (3) …

27 Oct 2006 description
report Mercy Corps

Uganda at a Crossroads

The conflict in northern Uganda is at a critical turning point between peace and a renewed descent into chaos and war. After nearly twenty years of brutal, inconclusive fighting, the Government of Uganda (GoU) and Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are now engaged in peace talks in Juba, South Sudan. Fragile from the start, these talks still represent the best chance for peace in many years. They are now teetering on the verge of collapse.

27 Oct 2006 description
report Mercy Corps

BY BRIAN GRZELKOWSKI | October 27, 2006

Mercy Corps recently took part in a fact-finding mission in northern Uganda, an area that is taking its first tentative steps towards peace after twenty years of conflict.

Until recently, northern Uganda has been ravaged by continued fighting between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and government forces.

27 Oct 2006 description

JUBA, Sudan, Oct 27, 2006 (AFP) - Peace talks to end northern Uganda's brutal, two-decade war have snagged as the government and Lord's Resistance Army rebels bicker over revisions to a landmark truce, officials said Friday.

Despite optimistic claims of a breakthrough in a deadlock from Kampala and the mediators of the talks in southern Sudanese capital of Juba, the rebels said they had not yet agreed on the renewal of the late August truce.

27 Oct 2006 description
report Xinhua

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.