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31 Dec 2004 description
report World Bank
  1. This report provides an update of activities carried out under the Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program (MDRP) since the time of the previous quarterly progress report (July to September 2004). The report is organized by the four main components of the MDRP, namely: (i) national demobilization and reintegration programs; (ii) special projects; (iii) regional activities; and (iv) overall program management. The box below provides a snapshot of the quarter's main activities under the program.
22 Dec 2004 description

JOHANNESBURG - Millions of people across southern Africa are again confronted by the grim prospect of not having enough to eat during the Christmas season and beyond because the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) lacks the funding to ensure adequate food supplies.

"There will be serious health and nutritional repercussions if people have to accept a further reduction in their meagre ration," said Mike Sackett, WFP Regional Director for southern Africa.

21 Dec 2004 description
report World Bank

News Release No:2005/261/AFR

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2004 - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved an International Development Association (IDA) grant of US$21 million to the government of Angola to implement the HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (TB) Control Project.

The project aims at reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB in the Angolan population through a multi-sector approach that strengthens institutional capacity, increases access and utilization of health services; prevents infection; and improves treatment and recovery …

21 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 21 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

21 Dec 2004 description

LUANDA, Angola, Dec 21 (UNHCR) - Angola knows all about refugees. For 27 years, the country's civil war sent hundreds of thousands of Angolans fleeing into the region. As the conflict ended in 2002, the refugees started returning home, many with UNHCR assistance in a repatriation movement that was recently suspended due to the rainy season.

But a lesser-known fact about Angola is that it is also a host country for thousands of refugees from other parts of Africa, and from countries as far away as Iraq and China.

20 Dec 2004 description


INTRODUCTION

This is the third and last issue for 2004 of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in humanitarian operations.

17 Dec 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Azerbaijan, (3) Iran

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Ethiopia, (4) Kenya, (5) Republic of Congo, (6) Rwanda, (7) Sudan, (8) Tanzania, (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Guinea, (4) Liberia, (5) Sierra Leone

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) China, (3) DPR Korea, (4) Myanmar

14 Dec 2004 description

LUENA, Angola, Dec 14 (UNHCR) - As the onset of rain forces the UN refugee agency to wind down its second season of assisted repatriation to Angola, earlier returnees have shared their experiences with UNHCR staff, telling them that coming home is only the beginning of the long and sometimes arduous process of reintegration.

The organised return operation to Angola, which started last year and ran from May to December this year, has helped 172,000 Angolan refugees to return home from the region since the Luena peace accords were signed in April 2002.

14 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 14 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

14 Dec 2004 description

KINSHASA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that unless it received new funds by New Year for the Democratic Republic of Congo, it would be forced to cut by 30 percent the number of people provided with life-saving food aid and reduce the remaining beneficiaries' food rations by half.

"It's horribly sad that as families in Paris, Washington and London are feasting and exchanging gifts, we will be cutting food rations," said Felix Bamezon, WFP Country Director in DRC.

10 Dec 2004 description

GENEVA/LUSAKA, Dec 10 (UNHCR) -- Refugees in Zambia have seen their food rations halved in the last two months, said the UN refugee agency, warning that the deteriorating situation was not only detrimental to the health of the refugees, but could also compromise the return operation to Angola.

The urgency of the food situation in Zambia was highlighted by both UNHCR and the World Food Programme at a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.

10 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 10 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

10 Dec 2004 description


(A) Highlights
(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iraq

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Eritrea, (4) Ethiopia, (5) Rwanda, (6) Sudan, (7) Tanzania, (8) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Liberia, (4) Mauritania

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Zambia, (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) India

09 Dec 2004 description

DUKWI REFUGEE CAMP, Botswana (UNHCR) -- For a change, the searing heat of Botswana's north-eastern region isn't the ice-breaker between refugees in Dukwi camp. The recent buzz has been about the 62 Angolan refugees leaving Botswana for Angola under the UNHCR-organised voluntary repatriation programme.

09 Dec 2004 description

DUKWI REFUGEE CAMP, Botswana (UNHCR) -- It is only 6 a.m. in Botswana's Dukwi refugee camp and already, it promises to be another scorching day. But the 62 Angolan refugees, the first group to be leaving Botswana this year under the organised voluntary repatriation programme currently underway in southern Africa, are too excited to feel its sapping effects.

It is December 3. The bus transporting them from the camp to Francistown Airport waits patiently as they scurry about restraining straying children and taking leave of family and friends who will only leave Botswana in 2005.

06 Dec 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

CAPE TOWN, 6 December 2004 - The Nelson Mandela Foundation, UNICEF and the Hamburg Society for the Promotion of Democracy and International Law, today launched a joint international campaign "Child Friendly Schools for Africa", which aims to accelerate access to quality basic education for children, with special focus on girls, orphans and vulnerable children in six African countries, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

To Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of South Africa, the campaign is a significant contribution to his …

03 Dec 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Global: WFP and World AIDS Day

(C) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iran, (3) Russian Federation

(D) East and Central Africa:: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Eritrea, (4) Ethiopia, (5) Republic of Congo, (6) Rwanda, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Uganda

(E) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Guinea, (4) Liberia, (5) Sierra Leone

(F) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Zimbabwe

02 Dec 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

Calling Landmines a "Deadly Attraction" for Children, UNICEF says Countries That Care About Children Must Stop Producing Landmines

NAIROBI/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 2 December 2004 -- Millions of antipersonnel landmines and other explosive remnants of war across the globe pose a vicious threat to children, who are being injured, killed and orphaned by them long after wars are over, UNICEF said today.

"Landmines are a deadly attraction for children, whose innate curiosity and need for play often lure them directly into harm's way," UNICEF Executive Director Carol …