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31 May 2008 description

CROSS BORDER & REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Prolonged drought due to poor March-May rains in Greater Horn of Africa

In late April 2008, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) confirmed below-normal rainfall and prolonged dryness continued into mid-April in parts of central, northeastern, and southeastern Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.

These rainfall predictions were expected to deepen existing drought conditions in these three countries and further aggravate: food insecurity, water and pasture shortages, malnutrition, and outbreaks of drought associated diseases such …

31 May 2008 description

Preface

This report presents the findings of a review of legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable and at-risk populations conducted in Uganda between September and November 2007.

31 May 2008 description


This report analyzes nominal market prices and the magnitude of price fluctuations for select commodities and markets in the East Africa region in the context of the region's prevailing food security situation. The report addresses the role of price increases as both a cause and symptom of regional food insecurity, highlighting the food security implications of rising prices and outlining priorities for action.

31 May 2008 description

HEADLINES OF THE MONTH

Worsening:

MALI: The Tuareg armed group led by Ag-Bahanga clashes with the army in the region of Kidal just one month after it reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities.

MYANMAR: The Military Junta announces a support to the Constitution of 92% of voters amid reports of fraud and intimidation of the opposition and the humanitarian crisis caused by the Nargis cyclone, which left 77,000 people dead and 55,000 others missing.

PHILIPPINES: The appointment of the up to now chief of the army as the new presidential counsellor …

31 May 2008 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS

- 50 PER CENT OF ACHOLI IDPS NOW IN TRANSIT SITES OR VILLAGES OF ORIGIN

- FOOD SECURITY WORSENING AS PROLONGED DRY SPELL CONTINUES IN KARAMOJA, TESO REGIONS

- FORCED EVICTIONS REPORTED IN ACHOLI, TESO SUB-REGIONS; GULU DDMC CONDEMNS BREACH OF NATIONAL IDP POLICY

- HEPATITIS E EPIDEMIC UNCONTAINED IN KITGUM, THREATENS TO SPREAD TO NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS

II. SECURITY AND ACCESS

SECURITY

In northern Uganda, general calm prevailed, with no reports of activity by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

30 May 2008 description

General Assembly
Sixty-third session
Item 68 (a) of the preliminary list*
Strengthening of the coordination of
humanitarian and disaster relief assistance
of the United Nations, including special
economic assistance: strengthening of the
coordination of emergency humanitarian
assistance of the United Nations

Economic and Social Council
Substantive session of 2008
New York, 30 June-25 July 2008
Item 5 of the provisional agenda**
Special economic, humanitarian and disaster

30 May 2008 description

Years of civil war, particularly concentrated in northern Uganda, have left many people living in displaced persons camps, unable to return to their homes. Three quarters of people in Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts in Northern Uganda live in these camps, with little or no access to services, such as clean water.

30 May 2008 description

THE IMPACT OF GLOBAL FOOD INSECURITY ON HEALTH AND NUTRITION

The vast majority of the 1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day go to bed hungry. In developing countries, one of every four children under the age of five is underweight, which is the most important indicator of hunger. Reducing the number of children who suffer from malnutrition is a key component of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

30 May 2008 description

THE IMPACT OF GLOBAL FOOD INSECURITY ON HEALTH AND NUTRITION

The vast majority of the 1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day go to bed hungry. In developing countries, one of every four children under the age of five is underweight, which is the most important indicator of hunger. Reducing the number of children who suffer from malnutrition is a key component of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

29 May 2008 description
report Oxford Analytica

SUBJECT: The causes and impact of border tensions around Lake Albert.

SIGNIFICANCE: After several years in which the relations between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda defined the political outlook for the whole Great Lakes region, interactions between DRC and Uganda are now emerging as the key factor for wider peace and security.

ANALYSIS: Relations between Kinshasa and Kampala have been marked by mutual acrimony since Uganda's 1998 invasion and occupation of parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In October 2003, joint …

29 May 2008 description

Fearing for the Future of the Humanitarian Enterprise

The Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Principles, Power and Perceptions research project of the Feinstein International Center recently issued its final report.

29 May 2008 description

Official graft jeopardises reconstruction in war-scarred north.

By Bill Oketch in Oyam (AR No.

28 May 2008 description
report IRIN

KARAMOJA, The Ik are one of several ethnic communities in Uganda's northeastern region of Karamoja, near the border with Kenya.

Culturally and linguistically distinct from the rest of Uganda, Karamoja has often been marginalised and lacks the kind of services and infrastructure found in the rest of the country. While most ethnic groups in Uganda are Bantu, the Karamojong are Nilotic - they are taller than most Bantu people, speak a dissimilar language, and still dress in traditional clothes.

28 May 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Survie de l'enfant - Le bilan

Mortalité infantile en dessus et en dessous du Sahara

Le continent africain est divisé par le Sahara, le plus grand désert du monde, et cette démarcation n'est pas seulement géographique.

28 May 2008 description
report Tufts University

I. Executive Summary

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)-a rebel group fighting the government of Uganda-is estimated to have abducted over 60,000 Ugandan children and youth. Within the war-affected region of northern Uganda, the LRA has abducted one in three male adolescents and one in six female adolescents.

28 May 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Achievements Offer New Prospects for Success in Global Efforts to Help Africa's Children

TOKYO, 28 May 2008 - UNICEF today called for large-scale, focused investments in improved health systems for sub-Saharan Africa, to capitalize on recent achievements and help children who have inadequate access to health care.

The call came as the children's agency launched its first

28 May 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Introduction

Child survival in Africa: Communities unite to find solutions

Every year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) publishes The State of the World's Children, the most comprehensive and authoritative report on the world's youngest citizens.