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Belgian prime minister visits rebel-held city in DR Congo

by Philippe Siuberski
KISANGANI, DR Congo, July 1 (AFP) - Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, on a landmark visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), arrived in the rebel-held city of Kisangani on Sunday, a day after announcing a resumption in aid to the war-ravaged nation.

Immediately after his arrival, Verhofstadt held talks with rebel chief Adolphe Onusumba, the head of the Rwandan-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy, which seized the diamond-rich city in northeastern DRC shortly after war broke out nearly three years ago.

Verhofstadt was accompanied by Belgian

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Djibouti + 6 others
Horn of Africa food security meeting to open in Nairobi Monday

NAIROBI, July 1 (AFP) - A conference to deliberate on ways and means of enhancing food security in the Horn of Africa will open here Monday, with officials from the World Bank, the UN, donors, aid agencies and governments in the region attending.
The three-day meeting, convened by the World Bank, follows the one held in Rome in March to discuss strategy for the implementation of a UN long-term food security plan for the region, according to UN and World Bank documents made available to AFP Sunday.

"One clear conclusion of the March

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Sudan + 1 other
Humanitarian Update - Uganda, Volume III, Issue 6


HIGHLIGHTS
LRA Still Relentless in Northern Uganda

Hope as talks with rebels commence

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Sudan + 1 other
UN-OCHA Sudan Situation Report Jun 2001

Highlights
  • Significant displacement has occurred in western and northern Bahr El Ghazal and into Raja/southern Darfur as a result of recent fighting.
  • Insecurity in northern and western Bahr El Ghazal is seriously undermining people's ability to cope during the hunger gap period.
  • Insecurity and weather conditions have affected road and air deliveries.
  • Significant displacement has occurred in East Equatoria as a result of increased LRA activity.
1. GENERAL HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT

Humanitarian concerns are focused on

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Burundi + 8 others
Unusual floods and droughts in East Africa


From the World Climate News No. 19 - June 2001
Drought dominated many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA)* region in 2000. In some places, it was the worst for decades and in others was an extension of the persistent drought that began in 1998.

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Uganda + 1 other
Refugee Law Project Working Paper No. 2 - Refugees and the security situation in Adjumani district, Uganda

REPORT SUMMARY
There are approximately 74,000 Sudanese refugees currently living in Adjumani District. A significant number of reports of insecurity in these settlements were ratified by fieldwork on the issue. Findings indicate that insecurity stems primarily from two sources: Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacks which involve looting and abductions, and problems related to forced recruitment conducted by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). Combined, these two sources of insecurity create a climate of fear and general uncertainty within many of the settlements
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Uganda + 2 others
Refugee Law Project Working Paper No. 1 - The phenomenon of forced migration in Uganda: An overview of policy and practice in an historical context

REPORT SUMMARY
This working paper offers a brief overview of Uganda's refugee situation. Uganda has been a major destination country for refugees throughout most of its history, and has generated many refugees itself. Additionally, conflict within Uganda has created a sizeable population of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Refugees in Uganda currently face serious humanitarian and insecurity problems. They are inadequately protected under Uganda's existing legal system despite the fact that Uganda has signed and ratified important international treaties on refugees.
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Afghanistan + 21 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 26 of 2001

This report includes: (A) Latin America: (1) Peru, (2) El Salvador, (3) Ecuador (B) Balkans: (1) Kosovo, (2) Serbia, (3) Montenegro, (4) Albania (C) West and Central Asia: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan, (3) Iran, (4) Tajikistan (D) Armenia (E) Horn of Africa: (1) Ethiopia, (2) Eritrea, (3) Kenya (F) Angola (G) Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo (H) Great Lakes: (1) Burundi, (2) Uganda (I) West Africa: (1) Sierra Leone, (2) Liberia (J) Chad

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Angola + 7 others
Bulletin hebdomadaire d'information 78 pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est

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(du 23 au 29 juin)

BURUNDI: Les agences humanitaires suspendent leurs activités à Bubanza

Le coordinateur humanitaire de l'ONU au Burundi a vivement condamné l'attaque contre le véhicule d'une ONG survenue la semaine dernière dans la province de Bubanza. Il a appelé toutes les factions armées à respecter les droits de l'homme et le droit humanitaire

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Angola + 7 others
IRIN-CEA Weekly Round-up 78 covering the period 23 - 29 Jun 2001

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BURUNDI: Aid agencies suspend work in Bubanza

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi has strongly condemned an attack on an NGO vehicle in Bubanza Province last week, and called on all armed factions to adhere to international human rights and humanitarian law. In a statement, he urged the armed groups

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Burundi + 8 others
Donor community supports poverty reduction, prosperity and peace through the Nile Basin Initiative: Expresses $140 million in initial aid

Report
World Bank
News Release No: 2001/411/S
GENEVA, June 28, 2001--The International Consortium for Cooperation on the Nile (ICCON) held its first meeting June 26-28, 2001 in Geneva, bringing together the international donor community and NGOs in support of the Nile Basin Initiative - a cooperative program to address poverty, environmental degradation and instability in the Nile Basin. The Consortium is led by the Nile Council of Ministers which includes the Ministers of Water Affairs of all ten countries that are bound together by the River Nile: Burundi, D.R. Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,
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Sudan + 1 other
33 Ugandan rebel abductees in Sudan to return home: UNICEF

KAMPALA, June 28 (AFP) - Thirty-three Ugandans abducted by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are to be repatriated from the Sudanese capital Khartoum at the weekend, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said here Friday.

Among the group returning, 17 are under 18 years of age and the rest are adults.

Many of the adult returnees, including an 18-year-old girl and a 24-year-old boy, were abducted as children and had been with the rebels since 1990.

Ten of the returning minors, including six babies and toddlers, were born in captivity, with the oldest being

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Burundi + 7 others
IRIN Update 1210 for the Great Lakes

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BURUNDI: Nine killed in ambush

Nine palm oil traders were killed and two others injured in Ruzira, at the border between Ryansoro and Matana communes, eastern Burundi, Burundi radio reported. It said the assailants targeted a bus transporting palm oil businessmen. It was heading from Gitega to Rumonge. "I can confirm that rebels shot at a public transport

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Burundi + 7 others
Bulletin quotidien d'information No. 1210 pour la région des Grands Lacs

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BURUNDI: Neuf personnes tuées dans une embuscade

Neuf négociants en huile de palme ont été tués et deux autres blessés à Ruzira, à la frontière entre les communes de Ryansoro et Matana, à l'est du Burundi, a annoncé la radio nationale. Selon le bulletin, les assaillants ont pris pour cible un bus transportant des commerçants d'huile de palme, sur la route entre Gitega et Rumonge.

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Sudan + 1 other
33 Ugandan rebel abductees in Sudan to return home/ UNICEF

KAMPALA, June 28 (AFP) - Thirty-three Ugandans abducted by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are to be repatriated from the Sudanese capital Khartoum at the weekend, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said here Friday.

Among the group returning, 17 are under 18 years of age and the rest are adults.

Many of the adult returnees, including an 18-year-old girl and a 24-year-old boy, were abducted as children and had been with the rebels since 1990.

Ten of the returning minors, including six babies and toddlers, were born in captivity, with the oldest being

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DRCongo opposition movements to exchange views on internal conflict

KIGALI, June 27 (AFP) - Two Democratic Republic of Congo opposition movements have agreed to exchange views about the situation in the country, a spokesman for the Rwandan-backed rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy said Wednesday.
Thirty representatives of DRCongo's unarmed opposition and the RCD will meet Thursday in Goma, where the rebel movement has its headquarters in eastern DR Congo.

About 30 representatives of the main parties which make up the unarmed opposition movement in Kinshasa plan to attend.

Opponents living in exile in Europe have

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Angola + 11 others
U.S. contributes an additional $11.61 million to feed refugees

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
#2001/543

STATEMENT BY PHILIP T. REEKER, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN

The United States is contributing additional funding of $11.61 million to the World Food Program to fill critical gaps in refugee feeding operations across the African continent in Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The United States is the single largest donor to the World Food Program, and, with the latest contribution, has

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Angola + 8 others
Bulletin quotidien d'information No. 1209 pour la région des Grands Lacs

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BURUNDI: Les agences humanitaires suspendent leurs activités à Bubanza

Le coordinateur humanitaire de l'ONU au Burundi a vivement condamné l'attaque contre le véhicule d'une ONG survenue la semaine dernière dans la province de Bubanza. Il a appelé toutes les factions armées à respecter les droits de l'homme et le droit humanitaire

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Angola + 8 others
IRIN Update 1209 for the Great Lakes

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BURUNDI: Aid agencies suspend work in Bubanza

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi has strongly condemned an attack on an NGO vehicle in Bubanza province last week and called on all armed factions to adhere to international human rights and humanitarian law. In a statement, he urged the armed groups

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