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26 Aug 2016 description

As a young girl, Agnes fled a notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, but through educational opportunities she was able to pursue her passion for fashion. She now gives back to refugees as the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) fashion and design teacher in Kampala – where they work to be self-reliant.

Here, she shares about her experiences traversing life from displacement to fashion expert.

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25 Aug 2016 description

News in Brief

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, preparatory talks for a national dialogue were started by facilitator Edem Kodjo on August 23 in order to relieve the political tensions in the country.
However, few key members of the opposition attended and the “Rassemblement” umbrella called for a nationwide “ville-morte”.
The call was answered in some parts of Kinshasa, but ignored in other big Congolese cities. During the demonstrations in Kinshasa, two people were injured and 32 people were arrested.

25 Aug 2016 description

The Republic of Uganda

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Office of the Director General Health Services - Public Relations Unit Director General's Office: 256-414-340872 Fax: 256-41-4231584 dg@health.go.ug/vivianserwanjja@gmail.com

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MEASLES OUTBREAK ALERT

25 Aug 2016 description

Kampala-24/08/16 - The Ministry of Health launched the Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA) at the Ministry headquarters. The nationwide household survey will help in estimating HIV incidence,prevalence and viral load suppression among adults and children and provide accurate national and regional level data on the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country and will be used in planning for the response to the epidemic.

23 Aug 2016 description

Anna Heard and Annette N. Brown

23 Aug 2016 description

Overwhelmed aid agencies in Uganda are armed with insufficient resources to respond to South Sudanese refugees spilling across the border, after renewed violence pushed over 85,000 people into Uganda’s West Nile region since July.

22 Aug 2016 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross Volunteers on June 26th braved the night, cold and bloody boarder of Nimule – Connecting Uganda to South Sudan in rescue of refugees fleeing uncertainty when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan forcing thousands of people to flee to Uganda. The situation has since been tense and alarming. Hundreds of lives have been claimed in the fights and many more rescued because of the presence of Humanitarian support from key players like Uganda Red Cross.

20 Aug 2016 description
report Guardian

Anna Patton

The country’s unusual open policy gives refugees land, education and a chance to work – but instability in neighbouring nations is putting pressure on resources

When they fled to Kampala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2008, Robert Hakiza’s family had food for two months. “The third month was a disaster,” he says. By May, though, his mother and two sisters were out making money. “My sister started selling necklaces,” he says. “At one point, she was keeping the entire family of eight.”

19 Aug 2016 description

Traditional rules of warfare, the conduct of hostilities, and the categories of people and objects protected during war were among the issues discussed at a round table for academics that concluded this week in Nairobi, Kenya.

The discussion, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), sought to engage participants on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), a set of rules that seek to limit the effects of armed conflict as well identify best practices in teaching the subject in institutions of higher learning.

18 Aug 2016 description

News in Brief

Over the past two weeks, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, visited his counterparts in Uganda and Rwanda. Security appeared to be high on the agenda and both neighbouring countries committed to greater security and intelligence cooperation with the DRC. During a bilateral meeting between Ugandan and Rwandan police forces, the need for closer cross-border cooperation was also emphasized.

18 Aug 2016 description

The Government of Uganda and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are implementing containment measures in the recently-opened Pagirinya settlement in Adjumani district following confirmation of an outbreak of cholera.

49 South Sudanese refugees and one Ugandan national have been confirmed to have contracted the disease. 44 have been provided with treatment and subsequently discharged from health facilities having fully recovered, while two patients remain in quarantine.

18 Aug 2016 description

African states commit to eradicate cluster munitions and end the suffering they cause by stepping up efforts to universalize the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and to strengthen the norm against cluster munitions use by condemning all such use.

17 Aug 2016 description
report Malteser

According to new UN figures, six million people – or more than half of the total population – are in need of humanitarian aid in South Sudan, the world’s newest independent country. Unrest returned to the country as it celebrated five years of independence at the beginning of July, almost a year since the conclusion of a tentative ceasefire that put a hold on years of bloody civil war. Since then, persistent outbreaks of violence have kept South Sudan and the international community on edge.

16 Aug 2016 description

Tuesday 15th August - The Government of Uganda - Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) have appealed to donors to urgently speed contributions to the humanitarian response to refugees in Uganda to end a funding shortage that has forced a revision of survival rations.

16 Aug 2016 description

Goma, RD Congo | AFP | mardi 16/08/2016 - 12:24 GMT | 455 mots

Les familles de plusieurs dizaines de personnes tuées le weekend dans un massacre attribué à des rebelles ougandais dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo ont enterré leurs défunts sans attendre des obsèques officielles, ont rapporté mardi un journaliste de l'AFP et des responsables locaux.

15 Aug 2016 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Monday 8/15/2016 - 12:48 GMT

Civil society groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday said the number of people hacked to death in the restive east this weekend has risen to 51.

"Our team on the ground has counted 51 bodies slain with machetes," said Teddy Kataliko, a member of a local alliance of NGOs and unions working in the troubled town of Beni.

Local mayor Edmond Masumbuko on Sunday said 42 people had died in Saturday night's mass killing in Beni; the government in Kinshasa had earlier put the death toll at 36.

15 Aug 2016 description

Goma, RD Congo | AFP | lundi 15/08/2016 - 11:57 GMT

Cinquante-et-un corps de civils ont été comptabilisés lundi à Beni, selon un nouveau bilan de la société civile, après un massacre attribué par l'armée à des rebelles ougandais dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche dans cette ville de l'est de la République démocratique du Congo.

"Notre équipe sur terrain a comptabilisé 51 corps tués à la machette", a déclaré à l'AFP Teddy Kataliko, membre de la Coordination de la société civile (ONG, associations, syndicats) de Beni.

14 Aug 2016 description
report Welthungerhilfe

Welthungerhilfe is continuing to distribute food

Bonn/Berlin, 12.8.2016. Half of the population of South Sudan is dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival. Although there is no longer fighting in the capital Juba, many people are fearful of leaving the refugee camps. There is an outbreak of cholera in Juba itself, and the start of the rainy season means that many parts of the country can only be reached from the air.

13 Aug 2016 description

60 Days of Learning, From Youth Through Peace to Gender

Friday, August 12, 2016
By: Carla Koppell and Alison Milofsky

12 Aug 2016 description

Relief operations in countries hosting South Sudanese refugees are overstretched, and critically underfunded, as refugee population edges toward 1 million.

ADJUMANI, Uganda – When gunmen stormed her village in South Sudan, shooting at random and harassing residents, Regina and her disabled son ran for their lives.

“They came to my house and told me they would shoot me if I didn’t give them what we had,” said Regina. “It took us four days to come to Uganda through the bush without food.”