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02 Dec 2016 description
report Caritas

Bidi Bidi in Northern Uganda was mostly sparsely populated grassland in July. A few family homesteads were clustered here and there. Now, it’s the second largest refugee camp in the world, home to 220,000 people.

Bidi Bidi hosts people fleeing South Sudan’s latest spasm of violence. Clashes in Juba 8 July sparked a collapse in the troubled state’s fragile peace. Government forces chased opposition fighters through the country. They spread war as they went. People fled in the wake of the mayhem.

01 Dec 2016 description

Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016

01 Dec 2016 description

News in Brief

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, political tensions persist. The term of current President Joseph Kabila will come to an end on December 19. With the elections being postponed, Kabila will stay in power beyond his term. The fear grows on the national and international level that this would lead to a worsening security situation in the country due to violent protests and repression.

In North Kivu, about 35 people died on Sunday, November 27, when Mai Mai rebels attacked Luhanga village in Lubero territory.

29 Nov 2016 description

Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support Refugee Health Services in Uganda

PORTLAND, Ore. – (November 29, 2016) Many are calling it the world’s fastest growing refugee settlement – and Bidi Bidi is exploding on a daily basis with thousands of women and children in dire need of basic health services. Now an $850,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help Medical Teams International, a Pacific Northwest-based non-profit, boost its urgent work in northern Uganda.

29 Nov 2016 description
report UNAIDS

The Director for the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Sheila Tlou, has visited Uganda to advocate for accelerated action to address the trend of rising new HIV infections in the country. According to UNAIDS data, 360 new HIV infections occur per week in Uganda among adolescent girls and young women aged 15–24 years.

Uganda has been identified as one of the Fast-Track countries globally that can make a significant contribution to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

29 Nov 2016 description

The latest wave of unrest began started shortly after Uganda's disputed presidential elections in February

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Uganda rejected on Tuesday charges by rights group Amnesty International that security forces carried out extra-judicial killings during clashes with the royal guards of a tribal king at the weekend.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

28 Nov 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Cycles of Violence, Reprisals Need Justice

(Nairobi) – Ugandan authorities should investigate the conduct of security forces in response to recent clashes in western Uganda, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces killed dozens of people and arrested at least 139 during violence on November 26 and 27, 2016, in the town of Kasese between Royal Guards of the region’s cultural kingdom, Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu (Bakonzo), and government forces.

28 Nov 2016 description

The Ugandan security forces must not jettison human rights in their handling of the clashes in Kasese, which resulted in at least 62 deaths and hundreds of arrests over the weekend, Amnesty International said.

Police say at least 46 of the local king’s guards were killed and 139 others arrested during clashes at his palace in the western Uganda town of Kasese. The king, Charles Wesley Mumbere, was also arrested.

According to police, the clashes followed attacks by the king’s guards on multiple police stations on 26 November, killing at least 14 police officers.

27 Nov 2016 description

The IGAD Region has been prone to disasters with results of human suffering including loss of life, loss of livestock and other means of livelihood, slowed development and caused other economic costs. Until the early 1980’s, drought and other hazards were managed by crisis. The 1984 drought crisis in Ethiopia, Northern Kenya and North Eastern Uganda, is a case in point. This was rated as one of the worst ever recorded droughts in history, because of its duration, geographical spread and severity.

25 Nov 2016 description

The world’s greatest refugee crisis is unfolding in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Government will once again step up its effort to alleviate suffering and help to ensure the best possible protection of the civilian population. We have therefore proposed an increase in humanitarian support for the Syria crisis of NOK 500 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

24 Nov 2016 description

News in Brief

On Thursday, November 17, Samy Badibanga was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opposition platform “Rassemblement” called for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, asking President Joseph Kabila to respect the end of his term. The police locked down opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi’s residence and the opposition’s gathering location. Although not many responded to the call for protest, 24 people were arrested in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, and Bunia.

24 Nov 2016 description
report Voice of America

By Natalia Jidovanu and Katarina Höije

YUMBE, UGANDA — Once a safe haven for those trying to escape South Sudan’s conflict, Yei is the latest town to be engulfed by violence in the country’s civil war.

In Yei, the population often falls asleep to gunfire and wakes up to soldiers patrolling the streets. The army, made up primarily of soldiers belonging to the Dinka ethnic group of President Salva Kiir, controls all roads leading out of town.

23 Nov 2016 description

By Lydia Wamala

More than 44,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda in the first two weeks of November, bringing the total to 340,000 since July, and there is no indication that the huge influx will slow down soon. At a cost of US$12 million per month for its refugee operation, WFP is overstretched and in urgent need of resources.

22 Nov 2016 description

Continued Education for Refugee Children

Since July this year, South Sudanese refugees to Uganda have drastically increased. One of the refugee settlement areas, Bidibidi, opened on August 2008, shelters 150,000 refugees. Among the refugees at Bidibidi settlement, 64% were under the age of 18. When Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) began its support in September, refugee children were going to school in either an overcrowded tent or outside in the open. There were also many refugee children that lived too far away to go to school.

21 Nov 2016 description

Remotely piloted aircraft help to assess needs of people fleeing conflicts and persecution in Mali, Nigeria and South Sudan.

NIAMEY, Niger – For many people drones conjure up images of remotely piloted aircraft bristling with missiles, used for military ends. But in conflict-affected parts of Africa, versions of the technology are being used by humanitarian aid organizations like UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to plan relief responses and save lives.

21 Nov 2016 description

Key messages

  • Since 1 July 2016, Uganda has received an unprecedented influx of refugees from South Sudan. By October, the total number of new arrivals from South Sudan alone since the beginning of the year was more than 330 000 (as of 1 November). An overwhelming majority (more than 80%) of the new arrivals are women and children.

20 Nov 2016 description

Kampala — 17/11/2016 — The Ministry of Health has began plans to register households in the Acholi-Lango region ahead of the Universal Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) distribution campaign. A team from the National Malaria Control Program has been dispatched to 22 districts that are to benefit from the first wave of the distribution exercise to collect data.

The districts are; Adjumani, amuru, apac, Arua, Dokolo, Koboko, Kole, Lira, Maracha, moyo, Nebbi, Nwoya, Oyam, Yumbe and zombo.

20 Nov 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Late and erratic rains affecting planting and establishment of 2016 second season crops

  • Below-average harvest almost completed in Karamoja region

  • Maize prices on the rise in most markets

  • Food security improves in Karamoja region, but stocks expected to end earlier than usual

  • Rapidly increasing numbers of refugees from South Sudan in urgent need of humanitarian assistance

18 Nov 2016 description

News in Brief

In line with last month’s conclusion of the national dialogue between President Kabila’s government and a small segment of the opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s Prime Minister, Augustin Matata Ponyo, announced his resignation on Monday, November 14. The majority of opposition parties, organised within the Rassemblement umbrella, do not acknowledge and boycotted the aforementioned dialogue and its result. Instead, they opt for a new inclusive dialogue mediated by CENCO (Conférence épiscopale nationale du Congo).

16 Nov 2016 description
report Monitor-Uganda

The relief items that are being sold by the refugees in local markets include among others carpets, blankets, farm tools, mosquito nets, water containers, solar-power lamps.

By FELIX WAROM OKELLO & ROBERT ELEMA

YUMBE- Several markets in West Nile are flooded with relief items that have being sold by South Sudan refugees to market vendors who resell them.

The relief items were distributed by relief agencies like the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).