WFP Emergency Report No. 21 of 1997: Uganda
Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
This report includes: A) Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania B) Uganda C) Afghanistan.
From P. Ares, Chief, Programming Service. Available on the Internet at WFP Home Page http://www.wfp.org/ or by e-mail from HicksDeb@wfp.org (fax 39 6 5228 2837). For information regarding resources, donors are requested to contact Mr. F. Strippoli
(Strippoli@wfp.org) or Ms. A. Blum (Blum@wfp.org), WFP Rome, telephone 39 6 5228 2504 or 5228 2004.
PART I - HIGHLIGHTS
(Details below in Part II)
a) Registration of some 10,000 Ugandan returnees from southern Sudan now in Arua district under way. Returnees receive assistance from WFP and UNHCR.
b) Low relief food stocks affect distributions and the relocation of Sudanese refugees from transit centres to settlements.
c) Therapeutic feeding to start in health units in displaced camps in Gulu district.
PART II - DETAILS
1.1 The Ugandan Government is carrying out a registration exercise of the Ugandan returnees in Arua district who came from southern Sudan. WFP and UNHCR have provided immediate assistance to this caseload, estimated at some 10,000 persons. It is planned that all returnees will receive a one-time package after registration.
1.2 Security continues to be reported as unpredictable in the West Nile region and in East Moyo. Relief food stocks remain low which has affected distribution activities and the relocation of Sudanese refugees from transit centres to settlements.
1.3 A therapeutic feeding programme
is to start in health units indisplaced camps in Gulu district. The programme
will be carried out by Action Contre la Faim using WFP food. Screening
malnourished children in the camps and training of nutrition workers for implementing the programme is commencing soon.
1.4 Aid agencies continue providing non-food assistance to displaced Ugandans in Gulu. ACCORD/OXFAM, World Vision and the International Committee of the Red Cross have donated seeds and agricultural tools; Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief has distributed cooking utensils, blankets and hoes; Action Contre la Faim handles feeding programmes and World Vision is involved in the rehabilitation of traumatised persons.