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23 Mar 2017 description

KARAMOJA

  • Average retail price for maize grain in Karamoja increased in February by 7% compared to January while sorghum price reduced by 12% in Nakapiripirit.

  • Annual and long-term average (2013-2016) analysis indicate that average retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans have continued to increase annually.

  • The terms of trade for both casual labour and goats against maize grain improved slightly compared to January 2017 but lower than 2016 highlighting reduced purchasing power among the vulnerable households.

23 Mar 2017 description

Joint statement on behalf of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR

The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today jointly appealed to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive in Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.

22 Mar 2017 description

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Uganda has one of the most open-door refugee policies in the world. But improving the lives of urban refugees on the ground requires government and community organisations to work together to put these policies into practice.

22 Mar 2017 description

Kampala – 22 March - The second Universal Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Net Campaign that the country is currently undertaking is one of the interventions to reduce mortality and morbidity due to Malaria, which is still the single largest killer disease in Uganda. Under this campaign, 24 million nets will be distributed countrywide.

22 Mar 2017 description

by Yasin Kakande

KATAKWI, Uganda, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seven-year-old Esther Agutti weighs 7 kilos - a third of the weight of the average child her age.

She has been in hospital in Katakwi, eastern Uganda, for three days. She was painfully thin when she was admitted and had diarrhoea and vomiting, said Loyce Akelo, a senior doctor.

20 Mar 2017 description

New Study Finds Worrying Climate Trend In Karamoja Over Last 35 Years

KAMPALA – A new study carried out by the Government of Uganda and its partners has found a new weather pattern that threatens to worsen food insecurity in the Karamoja region if no action is taken.

18 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

KAMPALA, UGANDA — South Sudanese women in Uganda say they have found a way to support each other amid tough financial times.

The idea can be traced to the South Sudanese concept of “sanduk,” or box. It's an arrangement under which each member of a group of women contributes a small amount of money monthly, collected by the group's treasurer. All the cash is given to one member of the group each month. The same exercise is repeated the following month for a different group member. It continues until the last person is reached, and then it starts all over again.

17 Mar 2017 description

South Sudan faced fresh challenges in 2016. An already fragile peace deal fell apart in July when fighting broke out in Juba, leaving more than 200 dead. The fighting spread to other parts of the country, marking an escalation of untold suffering including claims of torture and widespread rape of women.

By September 2016, refugees fleeing South Sudan into neighbouring countries crossed the one million mark.

17 Mar 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

16 Mar 2017 description
report European Union

Four months after the violence in Kasese district, which culminated in the incidents of 26-27 November 2016, the European Union regrets that the Ugandan authorities have not yet launched a comprehensive independent investigation.

16 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· The arrival rate for South Sudanese refugees into Uganda is still high at almost 2,000 per day.

· Women and children fleeing conflict from South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi are in desperate need of critical health services, clean water, education, and support to help them deal with the extreme stress they have experienced. However, UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal is only 6 per cent funded to date.

16 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP is providing food assistance to newly arrived refugees in the recently opened Imvepi Refugee Settlement.

  • The refugee operation in Uganda now costs WFP USD 15 million a month, which is more than double the pre-July 2016 figure.

  • A total of 11,000 small-scale farmers were trained on farming and grain aggregation.

Operational Updates

Refugees

16 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).

41,378 Number of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017

2,956 Daily average of new arrivals between 1st and 14th March 2017

805,704 Total number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

PRIORITIES

16 Mar 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

15 Mar 2017 description

Since December 2013, South Sudan has been the scene of an on-going conflict between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar. In July 2016, armed fighting escalated and ethnic tensions rose drastically amid a sharply deteriorating food security situation, triggering an increasing number of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

15 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Palace Attack Deaths Underreported; at Least 15 Children Still Missing

(Nairobi, March 15, 2017) – Killings by Ugandan military and police during joint operations in Kasese, western Uganda on November 26-27, 2016, warrant an independent, impartial fact-finding mission with international expertise, Human Rights Watch said today. On the bloodiest day, scores of people, including children, were killed during a military assault on the palace compound of the region’s cultural institution.

15 Mar 2017 description

Kampala- 14 March - The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) released the key indicators report for the sixth Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Among other notable achievements, Uganda has registered significant decline in child and maternal health.

The results show that Infant Mortality Rate has declined from 54 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011 to 43 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016. The report also indicated that child mortality has seen a steady decrease from 38 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011 to 22 deaths per 1000 live births in 2016.

15 Mar 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

MUBENDE, Uganda – Edith Nambalirwa’s smile lights the bustling business district in downtown Mubende. Watching as she glides her fingers with ease, knitting strands of a customer’s hair into intricate braids in her growing practice, it is easy to think that her life has been plain sailing.

14 Mar 2017 description
report Save the Children

“The children and the elderly, they slaughtered them…. I've seen children tied to their dead mother and thrown in the river”

After a UN report warned “a process of ethnic cleansing was under way” in South Sudan and famine was declared in Unity State, refugees have described the horrors that forced hundreds of thousands of women and children to flee to sanctuary in Uganda.