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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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
Bidi Bidi in Northern Uganda was mostly sparsely populated grassland in July. A few family homesteads were clustered here and there. Now, it’s the second largest refugee camp in the world, home to 220,000 people.
Bidi Bidi hosts people fleeing South Sudan’s latest spasm of violence. Clashes in Juba 8 July sparked a collapse in the troubled state’s fragile peace. Government forces chased opposition fighters through the country. They spread war as they went. People fled in the wake of the mayhem.
Stressed (IPC Phase 2) likely to persist with second consecutive below-average harvest
- 306.6 M required for 2016 including special situations
- 106.2 M contributions received, representing 35% of requirements
- 200.1 M overall funding gap for Uganda
All figures are displayed in USD
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).
Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support Refugee Health Services in Uganda
PORTLAND, Ore. – (November 29, 2016) Many are calling it the world’s fastest growing refugee settlement – and Bidi Bidi is exploding on a daily basis with thousands of women and children in dire need of basic health services. Now an $850,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help Medical Teams International, a Pacific Northwest-based non-profit, boost its urgent work in northern Uganda.
The Director for the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Sheila Tlou, has visited Uganda to advocate for accelerated action to address the trend of rising new HIV infections in the country. According to UNAIDS data, 360 new HIV infections occur per week in Uganda among adolescent girls and young women aged 15–24 years.
Uganda has been identified as one of the Fast-Track countries globally that can make a significant contribution to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
The latest wave of unrest began started shortly after Uganda's disputed presidential elections in February
By Elias Biryabarema
KAMPALA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Uganda rejected on Tuesday charges by rights group Amnesty International that security forces carried out extra-judicial killings during clashes with the royal guards of a tribal king at the weekend.
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Cycles of Violence, Reprisals Need Justice
(Nairobi) – Ugandan authorities should investigate the conduct of security forces in response to recent clashes in western Uganda, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces killed dozens of people and arrested at least 139 during violence on November 26 and 27, 2016, in the town of Kasese between Royal Guards of the region’s cultural kingdom, Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu (Bakonzo), and government forces.