Friday, 24 March 2017 20:31 GMT
The United Nations fears it could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years
By Elias Biryabarema
KAMPALA, March 24 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have started spreading across Uganda, authorities said on Friday, raising fears for the surrounding East Africa region already devastated by drought.
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UNHCR Special Envoy appeals for urgent action to stabilize Somalia, and create conditions that are conducive to safe and sustainable voluntary return
NAIROBI - It is a great honor to be part of this Special Session of the IGAD Ministerial Committee on Durable Solutions for Somali refugees.
I shall start by thanking the Government of Kenya for hosting this Summit under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to discuss the future of Somalia, with a specific focus on refugees.
We are on the precipice of another humanitarian crisis. The famine that is raging in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen is threatening the lives of millions of people. The crisis is urgent, complex and vast. Without swift action, alarming food shortages in Ethiopia, Chad, Kenya, Uganda, and Niger, could also spiral into crisis.
Up to 75 per cent of people living in Imatong state may have left their homes because they cannot get enough to eat, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, has been told by community leaders in Torit.
Mr Shearer was visiting Torit on Thursday, his first mission to the capital of the state.
Torit has largely been spared the worst of the 2013 outbreak of conflict in South Sudan but since July 2016 has been considered a flashpoint by the UN after heavy fighting between the government SPLA and opposition forces.
Average retail price for maize grain in Karamoja increased in February by 7% compared to January while sorghum price reduced by 12% in Nakapiripirit.
Annual and long-term average (2013-2016) analysis indicate that average retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans have continued to increase annually.
The terms of trade for both casual labour and goats against maize grain improved slightly compared to January 2017 but lower than 2016 highlighting reduced purchasing power among the vulnerable households.
62 countries - representing almost two-thirds of the world's population - still recognise only female victims of rape
By Anna Pujol-Mazzini
LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is an "invisible" crime, with victims reluctant to speak out for fear of being ostracised and mocked, researchers said.
Refugees, asylum seekers and migrants continued to move in complex flows from the Horn of Africa and Yemen region. Migration and displacement dynamics remained complex this quarter, with ongoing migration, new displacement, and simultaneous return movements.
Irregular Movement from the Horn
Northward (through Egypt into Israel)
Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.
Joint statement on behalf of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR
The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today jointly appealed to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive in Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.
- UNHCR distributes relief items to IDPs in Western Bahr el Ghazal: In Wau, UNHCR distributed non-food items (NFIs) to 4,483 most vulnerable IDPs including 1,175 at Nog-lima, 1,262 at Ngisa 2,046 at the Episcopal Church (ECS) of Sudan premises outside Wau town. NFIs included dignity kits for women of reproductive age, pieces of soap, secondhand clothes, jerry cans, and buckets. This intervention comes after the government granted access to the Baggari area, which has been inaccessible to aid agencies since 2016.
Uganda has one of the most open-door refugee policies in the world. But improving the lives of urban refugees on the ground requires government and community organisations to work together to put these policies into practice.
Kampala – 22 March - The second Universal Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Net Campaign that the country is currently undertaking is one of the interventions to reduce mortality and morbidity due to Malaria, which is still the single largest killer disease in Uganda. Under this campaign, 24 million nets will be distributed countrywide.
by Yasin Kakande
KATAKWI, Uganda, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seven-year-old Esther Agutti weighs 7 kilos - a third of the weight of the average child her age.
She has been in hospital in Katakwi, eastern Uganda, for three days. She was painfully thin when she was admitted and had diarrhoea and vomiting, said Loyce Akelo, a senior doctor.
The 29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 16-17 March 2017, has endorsed a USD 6.8 million proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI).” Targeted countries include Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
This makes WMO the first Multilateral Implementing Entity to have a regional proposal approved by the Adaptation Fund Board under the Pilot Programme for regional projects and programmes.