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30 Mar 2017 description

Key Findings
- Insecurity has reduced local population access to crops this growing season, resulting in a highly dependent market population to meet food gaps.
- Kenya has restricted food exports to South Sudan, causing markets to become heavily dependent on supply routes from Uganda.
- Insecurity in the western part of the state, coupled with the depreciation of the South Sudanese Pound (SSP), has reduced traders’ ability to finance and transport large-scale supplies to the market despite increased demand.

30 Mar 2017 description

In Uganda’s Bidibidi settlement, community hygiene promoters teach their neighbors healthy habits

by Radhika Shah

29 Mar 2017 description
report Women Under Siege

Bidibidi Camp, Uganda—Grace sits staring vacantly ahead, her hands tightly clasped in her lap. She is 16 years old but has a tiny frame that makes her look no older than 13. Underneath her checkered school dress, a small bump sticks out. In four months’ time, she is due to give birth to her stepfather’s child. He raped her after soldiers attacked her village in South Sudan and her mother ran away to escape the shooting.

Read more on Women Under Seige

29 Mar 2017 description

Halima Muhamud Mohamed is a 20 year-old Somalian woman living in Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda. She works as a youth ambassador, and helps the most vulnerable in her community, especially survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). For her work, Mohamed is being honored, along with two other youth refugees, at the WRC’s Voices of Courage luncheon on May 4.

29 Mar 2017 description

MOROTO, 30 March 2017 – The Irish Government has provided €7.2 million – about Ush 27.5 billion - to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Ministry of Education and Sports to improve quality education for the most vulnerable children and adolescent girls across the Karamoja region.

29 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

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).

12,407 Number of new arrivals between 15th and 28th March 2017 886 Daily average of new arrivals between 15th and 28th March 2017 818,111 Total number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

PRIORITIES

29 Mar 2017 description

South Sudan

From February to July 2017, Leer and Mayendit are classified in Famine, while Koch county has an elevated risk of famine.

Fews-net, TWG (South Sudan IPC Technical Working Group), ERC (IPC’s Emergency Review Committee)

Sudan

28 Mar 2017 description

Drought in the Horn of Africa

Drought situation and impact

The ongoing drought is widespread, and the situation is deteriorating faster than even expected. Conditions are extremely worrying across southern and southeastern Ethiopia, northern and coastal Kenya, almost all of Somalia, southeastern South Sudan and northeastern Uganda.

28 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian Coordinator demands perpetrators of attacks against aid workers be held to account.

  • Aid organizations are working to scale up the famine response in central and southern Unity.

  • Fighting and insecurity across the Equatorias continue to uproot tens of thousands of civilians.

  • Thousands of people remain displaced following clashes in Jonglei, which resulted in killings, destruction, gender-based violence and recruitment of child soldiers.

FIGURES

27 Mar 2017 description

Press release 56/2017 27 March 2017

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s humanitarian aid will amount to EUR 61.4 million, of which approximately EUR 20 million will be channelled to the famine-hit countries in the Horn of Africa and to Nigeria and Yemen.

27 Mar 2017 description

ROME, ITALY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a donation of US$6 million from the Republic of Korea that will allow WFP to enhance innovative food security monitoring systems in ten countries in Africa, enabling the organization to hear directly from people in need. The funding was raised through Korea’s air-ticket solidarity levy, which is collected from each international flight passenger departing Korea. Known as the “Global Disease Eradication Fund,” it is part of Seoul’s commitment to ending global disease, poverty and hunger.

27 Mar 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for support for efforts aimed at bringing stability inside Somalia and to the countries hosting Somali refugees.

27 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

404,226 New Burundian refugees in asylum countries since April 2015 as of 28 February 2017

FUNDING

USD 214.5 million Requested by UNHCR for the overall Burundi Situation in 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Burundi: UNHCR in Burundi is continuing its border and protection monitoring activities in return areas, as well as preparing for potential voluntary returns in light of the tripartite that will be organized with Tanzanian authorities in March.

26 Mar 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

KAMPALA, UGANDA - The number of mothers dying during childbirth has gone down following more women using family planning and delivering at a health facility under skilled care. The latest figures contained in the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) reveal that pregnancy-related deaths have steadily been declining from 524 in 2001 to 438 in 2011, and now stand at 368 per 100,000 live births.

25 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 24 March 2017 20:31 GMT

The United Nations fears it could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, March 24 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have started spreading across Uganda, authorities said on Friday, raising fears for the surrounding East Africa region already devastated by drought.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

24 Mar 2017 description

UNHCR Special Envoy appeals for urgent action to stabilize Somalia, and create conditions that are conducive to safe and sustainable voluntary return

NAIROBI - It is a great honor to be part of this Special Session of the IGAD Ministerial Committee on Durable Solutions for Somali refugees.

I shall start by thanking the Government of Kenya for hosting this Summit under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to discuss the future of Somalia, with a specific focus on refugees.