According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 14,464 refugees have arrived in Uganda since November 2014 and 50% of them are children under the age of 18 years. The period of September 18-24, 2015 saw a total of 74 new refugees up from the last week’s 27 with a daily new arrival of 11 individuals.
KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$9 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide food assistance for more than 320,000 refugees living in Uganda.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by Enough Project Intern Amanda Schmitt.
Highlights of Consumer Price Index for September 2015
1.0 ANNUAL INFLATION
KISORO, UGANDA—Researchers say they've found evidence to help explain why farmers in Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not adopting new agricultural technologies. Two recent studies found that samples of so-called improved seeds and fertilizer being marketed or distributed in the region were of low quality and hardly worth buying.
In most parts of the world, crop yields have increased by between three and five times in the past 40 years, but in sub-Saharan Africa they have stagnated.
GULU, UGANDA—Earlier this year, the Ugandan government once again extended a law giving amnesty to former rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). In northern Uganda, victims and perpetrators of violence dating back to 1987 now live side by side. It's not always easy.
Florence Ayot sweeps the ground in front of her hut. She lives here with her two children, whom she had with Dominic Ongwen, a former senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA.
The harvest in Karamoja is likely to be far below average
The Uganda Red Cross Society, with support from Netherlands Red Cross distributed scholastic materials to HIV orphans in six districts of Uganda (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Lira, Pader and Kitgum). These orphans have been part of the HIV/ OVC support project that has been running since 2010 when they were identified. The two national societies had supported 3000 Orphans & Vulnerable Children in many ways among which is keeping them is school.
Measles: The reported suspected cases decreased slightly in week 37. Nine districts reported more than 5 suspected cases: Kampala (17), Kalangala (9), Ibanda (9), Buikwe (7), Mbarara (7), Lira (6), Kiruhura (6), Rakai (6) and Kamwenge (5).
Action: National supervisors are training health workers at the regional level in preparation for the measles immunization campaign to be conducted from 3rd - 6th October 2015.
The Uganda Red Cross Society with support from the Red Cross Society of China and The People’s Republic of China at large donated medical equipments to the local government of Manafwa district as part of a three year’s community Resilience project being implemented by URCS with funds from RCSC. Manafwa is one of the eastern Uganda districts that are affected with climate change and usually experience landslides.
The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Thursday 9/24/2015 - 16:37 GMT
by Jan HENNOP
The International Criminal Court unveiled Thursday 60 new war crimes charges against the deputy leader of Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army, including using child soldiers and keeping sex slaves.
"The prosecution gave formal notice that it intends to expand the scope of the charges against Dominic Ongwen," the Hague-based court said.
As of 31st August, UNICEF and partners have supported over 162,845 South Sudanese in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 99,517 in Adjumani, 16,692 in Arua, 39,054 in Kiryandongo and 7,445 in Kampala.
A total of 14,203 Burundian refugees have been received in the country since the onset of the influx, including 10, 706 in Nakivale; 156 in Orukinga; 222 in Kyaka II, 3002 in Kampala; and 117 in Kisoro. This is a 239 increment from last week. Nevertheless, the influx of Burundian refugees into the country is steadily decreasing. In Nakivale, there were 27 new arrivals compared to 32 and 54 in the previous weeks while at Kabazana reception center, a total of 41 Burundian refugees were received at an average of six individuals daily.
By Samuel Okiror
KAMPALA, 18 September 2015 – The Government of Uganda is training its military and police officers in disaster preparedness in anticipation of the effects of El Niño-enhanced rains over the mid-September 2015 to January 2016 period.
To reduce exposure to hazards such as landslides, the Government has appealed to more than 100,000 families - about 800,000 people - who are at risk of landslides in the country’s mountainous regions to relocate to safer areas.