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World + 3 others
Forced Migration Review supplement - Innovation and refugees

Innovation is not new. Displaced people themselves and those attempting to assist and protect them have always been having new ideas about how to deal with their needs. Yet the imperfections of current approaches are obvious in the challenges that we continue to face - challenges which ensure that displaced people are often unable to do what they need to do, that they do not receive the support they need, and that the organisations providing support do not function as effectively as would be desirable.

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Uganda + 1 other
A lonely journey to Uganda for unaccompanied children

Hot air beats down on massed people, many selling gadgets and vegetables.

This is the main entry point for refugees fleeing the violence in South Sudan.

Thousands of unaccompanied and separated children have been registered here. Among them is Diana*.

Diana’s story

Diana is 15 years old. She is visibly shy and struggles to maintain eye contact as she sits with her two younger brothers and tells us about her arrival in Uganda.

Her story is heartbreaking.

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Ituri : des Congolais expulsés ou retournés de l’Ouganda en détresse à Tchomia

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Radio Okapi

Huit cent Congolais expulsés de l’Ouganda fin août dernier ont besoin d’une assistance humanitaire dans la collectivité secteur de Bahema Sud en Ituri (Province Orientale), a annoncé dimanche 14 septembre le médecin chef de zone de santé de Tchomia. Ces personnes, regroupées dans 221 ménages, avaient trouvé refuge en Ouganda au début de cette année suite aux exactions des miliciens de la Force de résistance patriotiques de l’Ituri (FRPI) de Cobra Matata dans cette collectivité du territoire d’Irumu.

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda seizes explosives, suicide vests from suspected al Shabaab cell

Source: Reuters - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:42 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Police in the Ugandan capital Kampala seized "substantial amounts of explosives" and suicide vests in raids on a suspected al Shabaab cell that was planning an imminent attack, a Ugandan official said in an interview on Sunday.

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Fresh Water in a Village Called Death

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Pulitzer Center

Lake Victoria is the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, and it is at Agnes Nansubuga's front door in the village of Walumbe. So naturally, that's where she used to fetch her drinking water. Unfortunately, it is also a place that many of her fellow villagers also use as a bathroom. When she drank water from the lake, "I used to get stomach pains," she says.

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5 Years on, No Justice for Protest Killings

Security Force Role in 40 Deaths Never Investigated

(Kampala, September 10, 2014) – Uganda’s authorities have never investigated killings by security forces during two days of rioting in September 2009 that left at least 40 people dead. Despite numerous promises to investigate over the past five years, no police or military members have been held accountable for the killings.

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World + 5 others
Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

The number of people with one hectare of agricultural land in Kenya dropped by 17 percent over the last decade, and by 13 percent in Zambia and 16 percent in Uganda, according to the FAO.

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Uganda’s HIV law at odds with EAC Act

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EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE

Following its failure to stop President Yoweri Museveni from assenting to a law that criminalises the intentional transmission of HIV, the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) is advising its partners to ignore the legislature and instead adhere to the East African Community HIV/Aids Prevention and Management Act that the country has also ratified.

Vinand Nantulya, the board chair of UAC, said that the HIV/Aids Prevention and Control Act that parliament passed in May was flawed.

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Dry zones in greater Kampala to get water soon

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New Vision

By Vivian Agaba

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has announced plans to increase water supply to many of the dry areas in and around Kampala by August 2015.

To achieve this, the Corporation plans to build sewerage treatment facilities within the drainage areas of Bugolobi, Ggaba and Namasuba, under the Kampala sanitation master plan, a move they say will solve Kampala’s water supply and drainage problems.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Home Alone: South Sudan teenager leads her young siblings to safety in Uganda

BOROLI REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Uganda, September 4 (UNHCR) – When 13-year-old Yayo Tangko turned up at the Boroli refugee settlement in Uganda earlier this year with her four younger siblings, she feared the worst for her missing parents. "They are dead, because otherwise they would have come looking for us," the South Sudanese teenager told aid workers.

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World + 12 others
$8.5m gene project for food security

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EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

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South Sudan + 5 others
Featherstone: UK pledges further support for humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

Britain announces additional £30 million to help those affected by serious humanitarian crisis.

Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone announced today during a visit to the country.

Since fighting broke out in December 2013, 1.3 million South Sudanese have become internally displaced and more than 400,000 have fled to neighbouring countries. There is also an impending risk of famine.

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Unclogging Uganda's rural sanitation crisis

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Al Jazeera

Waterborne diseases are rampant in E. African country riven by corruption, but local approaches may offer one solution

August 28, 2014 5:00AM ET

by Sam Loewenberg

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Kenya + 8 others
High food prices: Region pays for poor farming methods

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EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

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Liberia + 1 other
Ugandan team brings Ebola experience to Liberia

A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers are deployed by WHO to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. This team comes with vast experience in managing Ebola outbreaks, having faced many cases of this disease since 2000. They work shifts alongside their Liberian colleagues to provide around the clock care and to help maintain strict infection control measures.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Half a population at risk of famine

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Malteser

Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population

Cologne/Juba. In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.

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The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region received at the African Union

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African Union

Addis Ababa, on 27 August 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, met with the newly-appointed United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, on 26 August 2014, at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, as he begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Djinnit also held discussions with the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui.

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L'envoyé special des Nations Unies pour la Region des Grands Lacs reçu a l'Union Africaine

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African Union

Addis Abéba, le 27 août 2014: La Présidente de la Commission de l'Union africaine (UA), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a reçu le 26 août 2014, au siège de l'UA, le nouvel Envoyé spécial des Nations unies pour la Région des Grands Lacs, Saïd Djinnit, qui a également rencontré le Commissaire à la Paix et à la Sécurité, Smaïl Chergui, et ce alors qu’il entame sa nouvelle mission dans les Grands Lacs.

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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Security Council press statement on Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region

SC/11533

AFR/2954

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom):