The humanitarian crisis stemming from widespread fighting in South Sudan is rapidly becoming a regional issue but is failing to get the attention it deserves, ACT members working in neighbouring Ethiopia say.
All 11 members in Ethiopia say the growing emergency needs greater awareness in the international community and more funding for relief aid.
SOUTH SUDAN: The crisis has led to a severe deterioration in the food security situation and around 3.7 million people are now at high risk of food insecurity.
UNHCR and partners are very concerned about the food and nutrition situation, especially for the over 126,000 Sudanese refugees living in Maban, Upper Nile State.
North Kivu : 251 Congolese refugees returning from Kyangwandi camp in Uganda died in a boat accident on 22 March on Lake Edward. According to authorities in Goma there were 89 children among the dead. The refugees were returning to Beni Territory where fighting between FARDC and ADF-Nalu had forced them to flee in 2013.
South Kivu: Around 1,000 households from Ndese and Byangama in Shabunda Territory displaced in the bush following clashes between two fac-tions of Raia Mutomboki armed group.
Staffer released but investigation continues -police
Project suspended after staffer detained
West and World Bank withhold aid worth $118 million (Adds U.S. comments, paragraphs 7-8)
By Elias Biryabarema
KAMPALA, April 4 (Reuters) - A U.S.-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state.
Armed fighting, which began in South Sudan’s capital of Juba in mid-December, quickly spread to other parts of the country, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced and seeking safety in neighboring countries. A cessation of hostilities agreement was signed in January by both parties to the conflict, however, fighting continues.
Hundreds of volunteers from both the South Sudan Red Cross and the Red Cross/Red Crescent societies in neighboring countries continue to assist those affected by the violence as they relocate to safer areas.
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Needs remain acute in South Sudan, where recent fighting has exacerbated a situation that was already very precarious for thousands of people. The Red Cross continues to expand their humanitarian activities in order to bring help to those who need it most.
"The situation remains tense and unpredictable. As a result, humanitarian needs keep multiplying," said Melker Mabeck, a Red Cross staff member in South Sudan. "Many people urgently need food, water and shelter. Many family members have been separated. Our priority is to bring aid quickly to those who need it most."
March 25, 2014 (KAMPALA) - Medical charity Medicine sans Frontier (MSF) said on Tuesday that its health facilities for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are running out of medicine due to the high influx of people from the three-month-old conflict.
The France-base NGO says its staff numbers are insufficient to provide health care to the fast-growing camp in the Adjumani district of Uganda.
SOUTH SUDAN: Escalating tensions between refugees and host communities in Maban County are attributed to dwindling resources affecting all populations during the hunger gap.
SUDAN: Sudan continues to receive South Sudanese at the rate of approximately 300 per day, with a notable influx into El Liri, Talodi Locality in South Kordofan over the past week. The condition of those arriving is noted as particularly dire, with the population in desperate need of assistance as they are reported to be arriving with almost no belongings.
Summary: A start up DREF from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of CHF 170,000 was allocated on 11 February, 2014 to support Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in delivering humanitarian assistance to 25,000 beneficiaries from South Sudan in refugee settlements across Arua and Adjumani districts of West Nile Sub Region of Northern Uganda. The background for the emergency is rooted in the escalation of armed conflict in the Republic of South Sudan from mid-December 2013.
By Willie Brens Wambedde, Uganda Red Cross Society
Paul Kiterera, 51, lives in a village 20 kilometres northwest of Uganda’s capital Kampala. When his first marriage ended in divorce in 2008, he remained a single parent for almost three years before remarrying. “Due to the challenges I went through as a single parent, I did not bother to get tested for any infections or to ask my new wife about her HIV status,” said Kiterera.
Kampala/Geneva (ICRC) – On the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling attention to the fact that the contagious and potentially fatal disease is a major health problem in prisons. A project run by the organization in three jails in Uganda shows that tuberculosis can be fought successfully in detention facilities.
This paper is the first of a series of papers exploring the political and institutional contexts of resource mobilization and social spending for social development in Uganda. We provide the historical context of, and trends in, resource mobilization (domestic and external revenue) and social spending in post-independence Uganda. After years of civil war, mismanagement and general decline, Uganda turned a page in 1986 when NRM (National Resistance Movement) came to power.