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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

● Extensive rains in Bentiu caused renewed flooding and the collapse of around 175 latrines, worsening living conditions for displaced people.

● The crash of a UN-contracted helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, on 26 August caused suspension of humanitarian flights to the area.

● One in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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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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HCR R.D. Congo Fact Sheet, 31 juillet 2014

En bref

Le HCR a clôturé le rapatriement des réfugiés de la RDC vivant en République du Congo le 30 juillet. Au total 119.024 réfugiés ont été rapatriés, ce qui dépasse les chiffres de planification de 110.000. Plusieurs projets sont mis en oeuvre dans les zones de retour pour assurer la réintégration.

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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):

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Uganda + 1 other
British High Commissioner to Uganda on universal bednet campaign

British High Commissioner speaks at closing event of campaign on 16 August.

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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more vulnerable to domestic violence.

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Somalia + 5 others
Communique of Ministerial Meeting on the Somali Refugee Situation commits to fresh impetus for durable solutions for Somali refugees

Statement by the Governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Yemen; the African Union; the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development; the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees upon conclusion of Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner’s Global Initiative on Somali Refugees in Addis Ababa on 20 August 2014

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Julius Okwera: A Survivor’s journey through pain, despair and hope!

There is nothing more powerful in life than a resilient human spirit and resolve. Mzee Julius Okwera’s story demonstrates why. Okwera a male survivor of rape from Northern Uganda was a victim of the infamous “tek-gungu” or “bend over” a term used by the locals in northern Uganda to describe the rape of men by some soldiers of the then National Resistance Army (NRA), current Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) in the early 1990s.

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Uganda + 1 other
Reluctant to return? The primacy of social networks in the repatriation of Rwandan refugees in Uganda

Two decades after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, tens of thousands of refugees remain in exile in Uganda. Since October 2002, the governments of Rwanda and Uganda, and UNHCR have been playing an active role in promoting the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees. However, despite these attempts to return the post-genocide Rwandan refugees to their ‘homeland’, considerable numbers are reluctant to return.

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Improving Agricultural Productivity in Uganda

Lindsay Carter, Program Analyst, Foreign Agricultural Service | U.S. Department of Agriculture | USDA Blog

Standing next to her healthy oxen, Grace Opono explains how new conservation techniques have doubled her maize yield over just two seasons. She is also earning a second income by providing tilling services to neighbors with her oxen. She tells me she can now afford to pay the school fees for her children and reinvest money in her land. This story of achievement shows that USDA’s Food for Progress Program is making a difference.

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Helping Uganda’s HIV positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Barbara Kemigisa used to call herself an “HIV/AIDS campaigner”. These days she would rather be known as an “HIV/AIDS family planning campaigner”.

“We need to reduce unplanned pregnancies and the HIV infection rate in our country,” Kemigisa told IPS during Uganda’s first national family planning conference on July 28. “It’s about dual protection.”