This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.
To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
AOÛT SOMMAIRE DE SÉCURITÉ
Le nombre des attaques LRA signalées par mois a continué à tomber brusquement depuis juin. La LRA a perpétré 11 attaques contre des civils. Août était le plus calme mois d’activité LRA enregistré en 2011.
Au cours du mois souligné, d’après certaines informations, des forces LRA ont tué deux et enlevé 21 civils, égalant octobre 2010 avec le moins de civils tués, et marquant le deuxième bas niveau des enlèvements pendant les derniers 18 mois.
AUGUST SECURITY SUMMARY
The number of reported LRA attacks per month continued to fall sharply from June, with LRA forces reportedly perpetrating 11 attacks on civilians. August was the quietest month of LRA activity on record in 2011.
Over the course of the highlighted month, LRA forces reportedly killed two and abducted 21 civilians, matching Oct. 2010 with fewest civilians killed and marking the second-lowest level of abductions during the last 18 months.
Health situation overview
The Horn of Africa crisis is putting close to 13 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 4.8 million reside in Ethiopia, 3.7 million in Somalia, 3.7 million in Kenya, 600 000 in Uganda and 165 000 in Djibouti. In Somalia, drought and conflict have displaced around 1.5 million people within the country and forced up to 420 000 people to seek help in Kenya and Ethiopia. In July, daily arrivals in each country ranged from 1300 to 1700. The majority are women and children.
High levels of malnutrition
The month received normal rains that were evenly distributed across the entire district as predicted by the department of meteorology. The Natural vegetation was characterized by yellowing and shading off leaves by both the Desert dates and Neem trees which is as a result of the windy conditions that are attributed to the rains.
It was noted during the month that a variety of crops were planted with Maize being the most planted crop across the district at 39% total acreage, followed by Beans, Sorghum and other crops (mainly vegetables).
This Drought Bulletin is a representation of 9 parishes in Kaabong District, namely: Karenga, Lobalangit and Lokori of Karenga Sub County, Lodiko, Lokanayona and Toroi of Loyoro Sub County, Lokolia and Lokerui of Kaabong Sub County, and Lolelia of Lolelia Sub County.
August received below normal rains which facilitated the flowering of most cereals with piece meal harvesting.
27 people are confirmed dead following a landslide that struck Sisiyi and Bulugunya Sub Counties in Bulambuli District. 16 people were burried in Mabono village, Sisiyi and 11 in Meru village, Buluganya. Five of the survivors have been discharged from hospital.
• Red Cross Rapid Assessments: Landslides have affected 1,548 households (7, 740 people). These include those whose houses were smashed and those surrounding the tragedy scene where cracks are many and intense.
Written by Catherine Ntabadde
15 bodies have so far been exhumed from rubbles of a landslide that occurred at 1:00am in Mabono village, Sisiye Sub County, Mabono Parish, Bulambuli district. Residents and Red Cross Action Teams (RCATs) exhumed the bodies.
The bodies retrieved are of 6 children and 9 adults. Two survivors in critical condition, Irene Namalea (38) and Paul Kacheke have been rushed to a nearby health centre by the Police.
Caritas committed for the long haul in Horn o f Africa
‘It’s pretty grim: bone dry, massive depletion in livestock numbers, notable increases in malnutrition, and as a result disease outbreak (measles, acute watery diarrhoea) among children.’ With these words, Conor O’Loughlin of Trócaire (Caritas Ireland) updates the situation in Ethiopia, as the worst drought in 60 years tightens its grip in the Horn of Africa.
The food security situation continues to deteriorate in the Horn of Africa.
Funding is urgently needed to both save lives and livelihoods, and build longer-term resilience to shocks in the region.
The window of opportunity is quickly closing. Farmers and herders need support now to make the most of the coming rainy season. A failure to act now could worsen the food security situation across the region.
Today, FAO’s funding gap stands at over USD 103 million for urgent interventions.
On 26 August 2011, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, presented USD 50,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) through Mr. Kenro Oshidari, Regional Director of WFP Thailand, to assist countries in the Horn of Africa, which have been imperiled by famine.
Authorities should not miss chance to deliver justice following 20-year conflict with northern rebels.
By Simon Jennings - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 301, 25 Aug 11
Early glitches in the trial of Thomas Kwoyelo, a former commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA, accused of war crimes, are a worrying indication that the Ugandan authorities may miss a crucial opportunity to deliver justice to people in the north.
24 Aug 2011 17:07
By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent
WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The El Nino climate cycle, which spreads warm, dry air around the globe every four years or so, doubles the risk of civil wars in 90 tropical countries, researchers reported on Wednesday.
And because El Nino patterns can be predicted up to two years in advance, scientists suggest their findings could be used to help prepare for some conflicts and the humanitarian crises they cause.
More than 20 years of armed conflict between the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government displaced more than 1.7 million people and stalled development in northern Uganda’s Acholiland. Over the past several years, peace has returned to the region, and more than 90% of internally displaced people (IDPs) have returned to their villages of origin or locations close to home. The peaceful reintegration of returnees as well as the development of the region is undermined, however, by ongoing conflict over land.
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- Activités des responsables de la MONUSCO
- Activités des composantes de la MONUSCO
- Activités de l’Equipe-pays
- Situation militaire
Activités des responsables de la MONUSCO
231 households accommodating 1, 392 people in the Sub Counties of Mazimasa and Himutu in Butaleja district are logged in water following heavy rains. According to the Vulnerability Assessments conducted by Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), the heavy rains have also destroyed food crops for 592 households (4, 144 people).
URCS Mbale Region Program Manager Stephen Wamukota says the current situation may in future lead to famine as a result of food shortages.
Current food security outcomes
Famine is expanding in Somalia while the food security emergency is deepening in the rest of the eastern Horn (Figure 1). About 3.7 million people in Somalia, 3.7 million people in Kenya, 4.8 million people in Ethiopia, and 0.16 million people in Djibouti are in need of assistance. A multi‐sectoral response is critical to prevent deaths and collapse of livelihood and social systems across the region.
First season ends in bimodal areas
The dry spell in July marked the end of the first season in most bimodal areas, with above‐average crop harvests realized in much of the southern half of Uganda. Harvesting has started in the northern half of the country and West Nile but average to below‐average harvests are expected, respectively. Intermittent rains received since early August have enabled farmers to prepare gardens for the second season, expected to start in late August.