MACHRINE BIRUNGI/FILIP ANDERSSO
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, has launched a public awareness campaign, to encourage community support for education targeting South Sudanese refugee children in Uganda.
The campaign has kicked off in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement camp, which according to UNHCR is one of the largest refugee-hosting areas in the world.
Charles Yaxley, External Relations Officer for UNHCR in Uganda, told Radio Miraya that the campaign urges community leaders to play an active role in promoting its goals.
Building on previous ReDSS studies and recommendations, in order to examine the issue of early solutions planning, the study focuses specifically on refugees who have sought asylum in Kenya and Uganda since the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan in December 2013. Between them, Uganda and Kenya are hosting just under half of the 943,803 South Sudanese refugees registered by UNHCR since December 2013.
718,466 (80 per cent) of the total 898,082 refugees and asylum seekers registered in Uganda as of October 2016 are women and children originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda.
From January to November 2016, 23,680 children born to refugee parents in Uganda have had their birth registered using the Mobile Vital Recording System (MVRS). This ensures their right to identity and is a gateway to access services where identification documents are required.
Nearly 4,000 refugees relocate from Yida to Pamir camp: In Pamir refugee camp, as of 30 November, UNHCR relocated 2,332 refugees from Yida to Pamir including 2,185 refugees previously settled in Yida settlement. Cumulatively, 3,766 refugees have been relocated from Yida to Pamir, including 3,386 individuals previously settled in Yida settlement since opening its opening in September. The total population of Pamir camp now stands at 3,788 individuals (869 households).
Uganda’s economic woes do not seem like they are about to end if the ongoing drought in some parts of the country continues
By Mark Keith Muhumuza
Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity
Global agricultural prospects are improving but lean seasons loom in near future
8 December 2016, Rome - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a FAO report. The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.
Martina Ulrichs and Rachel Slater
In this BRACED working paper we present a synthesis of findings from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda on the role of social protection programmes in contributing to people’s capacity to absorb, anticipate and adapt to climate-related shocks and stresses.
By Ledio Cakaj and Paul Ronan
In October 2011, President Obama sent 100 U.S. Army Special Forces personnel to central Africa to help the Ugandan military pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its notorious leader, Joseph Kony.
Daily arrival figures from July 2016 are based on manual emergency registration or head-counts/wrist-banding. Confirmed figures will be available as the new arrivals undergo biometric registration. Figures prior to July are from the Government’s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS).
7,705 Number of new arrivals between the 30th of November and 6th December 2016
2,235 Daily average of new arrivals since 7th July 2016
414,127 Number of new arrivals in 2016
414,552 South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports (as of 13 Nov)
1,309,275 Total South Sudanese refugees as of 13 Nov (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
260,453 Refugees in South Sudan
1.8 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 204,370 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
FUNDING (as of 17 November)
The trial of Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army, opens on Tuesday before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Many horrors will be recounted, but the case also throws up deep ethical questions: is a child, brutalised and turned into a killer, fully responsible for his or her actions? If the abuses of government forces aren’t also being investigated, at what point does it become victor’s justice?
Why focus on Early Solutions Planning?
Current studies and literature have argued that strategies for solutions should start at the onset of displacement. Solutions planning is most commonly initiated after displacement becomes protracted, by which point refugees are often dependent on humanitarian assistance.
A total of 84 cases of AWD/Cholera and zero death were reported
A total of 60 cases of bloody diarrhoea were reported in different areas
A state of emergency has been announced in Puntland following severe drought in the region
A mission to access the emergency response and surveillance activities was launched in Somalia and will be conducted in all regions
CSR officers have been trained in laboratory sample collection, packaging and shipment
Average retail prices for maize grains and sorghum were relatively stable across Karamoja in October this year compared to September but higher compared to October 2015 by 20% and 24% respectively an indication of increasing costs of living for vulnerable and poor households.
Average price for beans increased in Kotido and Abim in October 2016 compared to September by 13% and 15% respectively.
For 2017, humanitarian partners will require $22.2 billion to meet the needs of 92.8 million people in 33 countries. The initial appeal for 2016 stood at $20.1 billion to meet the needs of 87.6 million people in 37 countries. This is in stark contrast to the $2.7 billion called for in the first six inter-agency humanitarian appeals launched in 1992. The last quarter century has seen an overwhelming shift in frequency, scale and magnitude of humanitarian emergencies.
International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities
The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced.
To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners to do more to prioritise reaching the poorest and most excluded by ensuring people with disabilities are not being left behind.
Case: The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen
The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, at 09:30 (The Hague local time), before Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt, Judge Péter Kovács, and Judge Raul Cano Pangalangan.