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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 33 (14 - 20 August 2014)

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Heavy rains in Malakal have resulted in standing water within the PoC

The South Sudan CCCM-DTM Round IV report was released on August 20th

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3; million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

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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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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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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.”

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 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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Historic campaign delivers mosquito nets to every household across Uganda

The 16-month campaign represents a significant landmark in the country’s efforts towards malaria control, distributing one net for every two people, across the country.

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South Sudan Crisis: What is happening in South Sudan?

South Sudan has had three turbulent years since gaining its independence in 2011. Violence erupted in December 2013 in the capital, Juba, and quickly spread across the country, forcing people to flee their homes and plunging the country into chaos. As a result of the conflict and displacement, people were largely unable to plant their crops in time for rainy season and now approximately four million people are in a severe state of food insecurity.

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South Sudan Crisis - Regional Impact Situation Report #31, 13 August 2014

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  • WFP requires US$114 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals from South Sudan and existing refugees in all four countries.

  • Congestion in camps is of concern, in Ethiopia and Kenya in particular. Negotiations with authorities on land access are ongoing.

  • The alarming levels of malnutrition among new arrivals require sustained and strengthened nutritional support in addition to regular food assistance at border crossings, reception centres and camps.

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South Sudan Conflict: UNICEF Support to South Sudan Refugees in: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda (31 July 2014)

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UN Children's Fund

Since December 2013, the escalation of armed conflict in South Sudan has resulted in the death of thousands and displacement of more than 1.1 million people. As of late July 2014, at least 431,045 South Sudanese had fled the conflict and sought asylum in neighboring countries; this number is expected to increase to 715,000 refugees by the end of 2014, according to UNHCR planning for most likely scenario (as of July). To date, only 25% of the US$ 67.3 million that UNICEF requires to meet humanitarian needs of refugees in neighboring countries has been received

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South Sudan Conflict: Sub-regional Funding Priorities, 31 July 2014

As of 31 July, 2014, the escalation of armed conflict in South Sudan, which began in December 2013, has resulted in the death of thousands, the displacement within the country of more than 1.1 million people, and the cross-border displacement of an additional 431,045 people who have fled to the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. 3 The number of new South Sudanese refugees is expected to almost double by year end.

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Universal Net Campaign Completed in Uganda, with US, UK and Global Fund Support

Kampala – The U.S. Government, the United Kingdom (U.K.) Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria sealed their commitment to the fight against malaria in Uganda today by finalizing their contribution to the Government of Uganda’s Universal Coverage Campaign. Over 22 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention were distributed under the campaign, the largest universal coverage campaign worldwide, which began in the eastern part of the country and extended to the southwest, northern and the central regions.

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East AFrica breaks the silence on menstruation to keep girls in school

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 15 2014 (IPS) - When Peninah Mamayi got her period last January, she was scared, confused and embarrassed. But like thousands of other girls in the developing world who experience menarche having no idea what menstruation is, Mamayi, who lives with her sister-in-law in a village in Tororo, eastern Uganda, kept quiet.

“When I went to the toilet I had blood on my knickers,” she told IPS. “I was wondering what was coming out and I was so scared I ran inside the house and stayed there crying.

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IOM South Sudan Situation Report 32 (30 July – 13 August 2014)

OVERVIEW

Over 1.1 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally dis-placed persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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Kony's LRA still holding on in Central Africa

08/15/2014 04:01 GMT

by Hervé BAR

LIBREVILLE, August 15, 2014 (AFP) - Down, but not out, the guerrillas of the Lord's Resistance Army, led by one of Africa's most brutal militia leaders Joseph Kony, are holding on in the Central African Republic with support from the rebels who temporarily seized power last year.

"Each week, the LRA raids a village in the bush, steals, rapes, kills and kidnaps," said Guillaume Cailleaux, a coordinator with the US group Invisible Children.

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