The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has operated for more than two decades in Africa, perpetrating a campaign of terror that has destabilized communities across four countries. They are known for their brutal attacks against civilians, including killing, torture, and mutilation, as well as the widespread abduction of children to increase their ranks.
In the reporting period, a total of 278 Burundian refugees arrived in Uganda, higher than last week’s 179 new arrivals.
Of these, 79 refugees were received at Kabazana Reception Centre, up from 36 new arrivals reported last week. Eight individuals were transported from Mirama Hills and Bugango border points, 16 were referred from Kampala and 55 individuals directly arrived at the reception centre.
Appeal Target: US$ 373,030
Balance Requested: US$ 75,757
Geneva, 16 November 2015
Highlights of Consumer Price Index for October 2015
1.0 ANNUAL INFLATION
Summary of WFP assistance: WFP's interventions in Uganda focus on three priority areas: emergency humanitarian action; food and nutrition security; and agriculture and market support, which includes Purchase for Progress (P4P). These are implemented through a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRR0 200429) for emergency humanitarian action and a country programme (108070) for food and nutrition security and agriculture and market support.
Average retail prices for maize grain and sorghum were relatively low in September compared to August but far higher than the September 2014 and average 2013/14 prices.
The Terms of Trade for both goat prices and daily causal labour wage rates against maize grain improved compared to August 2015, but deteriorated compared to the same period in September 2014.
REST OF THE COUNTRY
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
In bi-modal rainfall areas, planting operations of 2015 second season crops are still ongoing due to early season dryness
Below-average crop production expected in Karamoja region
Maize prices sharply increasing and at high levels
Serious food security situation in the Karamoja region
Dry conditions at start of 2015 second season
Cooking banana (matoke), dry cassava chips, sorghum, millet, beans, and white maize are important food commodities for Ugandans. The staple food varies by region. Matoke is most important in the central, western, and southwestern regions; millet in the east; and sorghum in the east, north and northeast. Cassava chips, beans, and white maize are also very important for a significant part of population; cassava chips are especially important in eastern (Soroti), northern, and northwestern (Arua)
According to Government of Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) reports, a total of 15,139 refugees have arrived in Uganda since November 2014 and 50 per cent of them are children under the age of 18 years. The period 16th to 22nd October, 2015 saw the entry of a total of 39 new refugees up from the previous week’s 19 although still much lower than the 147 individuals who came in the previous fortnight.
Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity likely to continue following below-average harvests
Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) is expected in bimodal areas through March 2016, with food stocks available from the first season harvest. Increasing steady rains, although delayed by atleast three weeks, are enabling ploughing, planting and weeding activities and providing labor income for poor households. Above average harvests are expected in November through January.
A total of 39 new arrivals from Burundi sought protection and assistance in Uganda, an increase compared to last week’s figure of 19 though still much lower than the number a fortnight ago of 147.
They were transported from Mirama Hills and Mutukula-Sango Bay police post to Nakivale settlement for registration. The new arrivals are citing continued insecurity in Burundi and family reunion as reasons for fleeing.
· As of 13th October, UNICEF and partners have supported over 169,620 South Sudanese in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 103,583 in Adjumani, 17,820 in Arua, 40,456 in Kiryandongo, 144 in Kyangwali, 42 in Nakivale and 7,575 in Kampala.
Compared to last week, there was a drop in the number of new refugees seeking protection in Uganda. A total of 69 Burundian refugees arrived in the countrythrough Mirama Hills, Kisenyi Police Post, Mutukula and Rubaale border points, less than half of last week’s 147 individuals. The new arrivals cite increased insecurity in Burundi and family reunion as reasons for fleeing.
The Uganda Market price Update is produced by the Assessments, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) Unit of the World Food Programme Uganda on a monthly basis. Price data collected by staff at WFP Sub offices in Moroto, Kotido, Kaabobong and Nakapiripirit is analyzed along with data from Infotrade from Kampala, Iganga, Mbarara, Gulu and Lira. The update is divided into four sections; Karamoja markets, Price trends over one year, Other Markets and Price Forecast.
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.
Highlights of Consumer Price Index for September 2015
1.0 ANNUAL INFLATION
The harvest in Karamoja is likely to be far below average