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10 Feb 2016 description

Bangui, Centrafrique | AFP | mercredi 10/02/2016 - 10:24 GMT

Un des chefs de l'Armée de résistance du seigneur (LRA) capturé lundi en Centrafrique par une faction de l'ex-rébellion Séléka est Okot Odek, un des principaux commandants de la sanguinaire rébellion ougandaise, a indiqué à l'AFP mercredi une source locale de la gendarmerie centrafricaine.

10 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ugandans head to the polls February 18 amid a troubling increase in implied and explicit threats against anyone who might intend to protest the outcome. President Yoweri Museveni is running against seven other candidates, including long-time opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Recently, one ruling party official, Kasule Lumumba, was recorded telling people in a local language, Luganda, that if people come to protest election results, the state “will kill your children.”

10 Feb 2016 description
report Guardian

By Aidan McQuade

Child labour is, unhappily, sometimes the best option available for very poor families. Yet when children are enslaved, no one cares for their best interests

10 Feb 2016 description

By Louise Bloom, Humanitarian Innovation Project, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, February 9, 2016

Want to learn more about bottom-up innovation? Take a look at the Humanitarian Innovation Jam 2016 on Bottom-up Innovation. Local Challenges. Local Solutions.

10 Feb 2016 description
report Miraya FM

A joint border committee formed to resolve a border dispute between South Sudan and Uganda has started consultative meetings with communities.

The consultations which begun on Monday will be followed by a process of border demarcation spearheaded by a team of surveyors in the presence of an 18 man-committee with representatives from both Uganda and South Sudan.

Uganda’s state Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem, explained that the demarcation exercise will be conducted mainly in the violence prone areas of the border between Uganda and South Sudan.

09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

09 Feb 2016 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest documents threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources. It complements resources that already exist, such as the Aid Worker Security Database, which provides statistics and analysis about attacks against aid workers.

06 Feb 2016 description
report Arusha Times

By Staff Writer

Retired Head of State in the second phase government, Ally Hassan Mwinyi is expected to lead a team of election observers to be deployed by the East African Community to monitor the Ugandan General Elections slated for the 18th of this month.

05 Feb 2016 description

FAO, UNICEF and WFP launch joint resilience strategy to improve well-being of Karimojong

KAMPALA – Three United Nations agencies in Uganda are implementing a new multi-year resilience strategy to help transform the lives of vulnerable people in the Karamoja region of North Eastern Uganda.

04 Feb 2016 description

In the African Development Bank Group’s bid to work for a continent free of poverty and water-borne diseases, the Board of Directors approved on Wednesday, February 3 in Abidjan a US $91-million loan to Uganda, for the provision of clean water and improved sanitation in the country.

03 Feb 2016 description

In many developing countries, over half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten. Instead, they are lost to damage or spoilage after harvest. The potential for these losses leads farmers to sell their fresh produce immediately at whatever price they can get, before they lose the crops that represent investments of labor, water and agricultural inputs. Improving how fruits and vegetables are handled after harvest can significantly prolong freshness—and cooling is key.

02 Feb 2016 description

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Representatives of signatory states of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 January 2016, in the margins of the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council. The United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were represented at the meeting, in their capacity as guarantors of the Framework.

02 Feb 2016 description

By Samuel Okiror

BUDUDA, Uganda, 2 February 2016 - For decades, Mr. Joel Mayatsya has used traditional knowledge as an early warning system for landslides in the hilly area of Bududa, eastern Uganda, helping his community reduce the risk of a rain-triggered disaster.

Mr. Mayatsya, 65, hunts for tell-tale signs such as cracks on the steep slopes, sightings of migratory birds, soil depressions, sounds from the mountain, foam on the surface of streams, thick fog on the fringes of the forests and prolonged rainfall without hailstones.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.

02 Feb 2016 description

Nairobi, 27 January 2016 – With the aim to further improve accessibility to information on climate and hazard data, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC) has published a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region.

02 Feb 2016 description

In a bid to intensify efforts towards the management of the Malaria epidemic in northern Uganda, the Ministry of Health has dispatched a team of 374 health workers to the region to boost up support towards the treatment of the disease. The team includes Medical doctors, medical clinical officers and nurses. The team has been contracted for a period of 30 days to offer case management at the health facility level. The epidemic broke out in the region in July last year and has so far affected 1,005,632 people, killing 658.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Concerns about violations of freedom of association, assembly, and expression are increasing as Uganda prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections in early 2016. Police obstruct some candidates’ access to media and public meetings. President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for 30 years and remains his party’s sole presidential candidate. Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi left the ruling party to vie for president and has faced arrest, detention, and obstructions during his campaigns, as have other opposition candidates.

30 Jan 2016 description
report Enough Project

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by Enough Project Senior Policy Analyst Holly Dranginis and Intern Adam Finestone.

29 Jan 2016 description
report European Union

One of the youngest electorates in the world is about to make an important decision in Uganda’s 18 February 2016 General Elections, and the European Union was invited by the country’s authorities to establish an Election Observation Mission. The purpose of the mission is to assess the extent to which the election process complies with Uganda’s international and regional commitments, and national laws.

29 Jan 2016 description

(LWI) - Renewed fighting in South Sudan has caused a new influx of refugees into neighboring Uganda.

“Since the beginning of January 2016, Uganda has been experiencing a significant increase in the influx of South Sudanese refugees. Since the beginning of the year, the Elegu refugee collection point, the main entry for refugees into Uganda, has registered 5,026 new arrivals,” Jesse Kamstra, representative of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Program in Uganda, says. The United Nations estimates that about 500 people from Uganda cross the border to northern Uganda each day.