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04 Feb 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • This is not the first time the Congolese government is confronting the Mai Mai rebels.

By MOSES HAVYARIMANA

Burundi has in the past week received more than 8,000 refugees fleeing the fighting between Mai Mai rebels and government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Burundian government officials said that refugees continue to arrive from DRC’s South Kivu to the southwestern port of Rumonge on Lake Tanganyika.

23 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

African countries are divided on the fate of Rwandan refugees within their borders following the expiry of the deadline of the cessation clause that effectively ends their refugee status.

The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which allows countries to declare that the reasons that led to people fleeing the country no longer exist, and that all those who fled should be able to return or risk losing their refugee status.

31 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Parties cited the need for more time to promote voluntary repatriation, while a section of asylum countries grappled with logistical challenges to examine individual cases of refugees seeking exemption or integration.
- Deadline for cessation elapses on January 1, 2018.

18 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By RODRIGUES RWIRAHIRA

Rwanda's government has adopted a policy that enables refugees to work for a living as donor funding to support those in refugee camps reduces.

According to officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), the policy seeks to, among other goals, address a 10 per cent reduction in resources for feeding camp-based refugees. The officials said the policy would also help ease pressure on Rwanda as a host country.

03 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Political uncertainty has risen after the postponement of elections.

  • President Kabila had already exceeded the constitutional two-term limit, but a court ruled that he could stay in office until a new election.

  • Since August 2016, violence in the Kasai region has claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 people and displaced around 1.4 million.

By KILASA MTAMBALIKE

05 Nov 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Rwandan refugees have up to December 31 to either secure legal residency in host countries, return home or risk losing protection after the cessation date.
- This has seen the country receive over 11,000 returnees in the first eight months of this year compared with 5,580 in 2016.
- Invocation of the cessation clause means that the UNHCR will no longer be responsible for supporting Rwandan refugees.

06 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.

The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.

27 Jun 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Refugee Solidarity summit in Kampala brought in pledges of $358.6m (Ushs1.25 trillion), which although was praised by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General António Guterres as a good starting point, is still far less of the earlier intended goal by $1.6b (Ushs5 trillion).

  • The lukewarm response to Uganda’s solidarity with a refugee population of close to 1.3 million refugees out of which 950,000 are from South Sudan, is a reflection of the growing void in humanitarian aid funding for the South Sudan crisis.

15 Feb 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By DANIEL S. NTWARI

Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 19:40

IN SUMMARY

  • With six official camps, Rwanda is home to Congolese and Burundian refugees totalling over 147,000, currently under the UNHCR-Rwanda programme.

  • UNHCR Rwanda programme now says that the Burundians will have to wait a little longer to have their concerns resolved.

  • UNHCR recently signed agreements with 11 international local partners for $10.8 million for the first phase of the 2016 refugee response in Rwanda.

24 Nov 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • On November 11 alone, Uganda received some 881 Congolese refugees who are causing a strain on the already overstretched facilities, officials said.

  • Information from UNHCR shows that weekly arrivals from the DRC into Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement are above 600. Since the beginning of the year, over 25,781 have arrived from the North Kivu region alone.

24 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has launched a project to stem post-harvest losses in Africa.

Mireille Totobesola, FAO project manager, said the $2.7 million project will give small grants of about $1,000 to smallholder farmers in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso to reduce food losses through the provision of modern storage facilities.

The funding will also support establishment of an online platform, where African governments can pick up some lessons and seek the help of experts who are available on a chatroom.

06 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

04 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

01 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

07 Jul 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By EDMUND KAGIRE The EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

23 May 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By Joram Muhoozi Rwanda Today

Posted Friday, May 17 2013 at 18:45

In Summary

  • The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is working with the government to establish shelter and boost livelihoods for some returnees expected to be back in the country before the clause comes into effect.

As the UN Cessation Clause comes into effect some Rwf2 billion has been earmarked to support Rwandan refugees who are set to return to their motherland.

07 Apr 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By GAAKI KIGAMBO Special Correspondent

In Summary

• There is a mixture of hope and pessimism that the talks will move faster than they did before, and deliver long term peace and stability to eastern DRC and by extension, the entire Great Lakes region

Talks between the M23 rebels and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo resume this week.

There is a mixture of hope and pessimism that the talks will move faster than they did before, and deliver long term peace and stability to eastern DRC and by extension, the entire Great Lakes region.

10 Mar 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By GAAKI KIGAMBO

• The split in M23 ranks deepened further last week, when the breakaway faction set up a parallel administration and announced it was willing to cut a deal with Kinshasa.

Peace negotiations between the government of the DR Congo and M23 rebels, which have been going on in Kampala for the past month, have broken down owing to the split in the rebel group.

Now, Uganda’s Minister of Defence Crispus Kiyonga, who is the chief facilitator of the talks, needs to establish which of the two splinter groups represents the grievances of eastern Congo.

20 Jan 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By GAAKI KIGAMBO Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, January 19 2013 at 19:19

IN SUMMARY

The four substantive issues, or clusters as they have been called, include the review of the March 23, 2009 Peace Agreement; security; social, economic and political matters; and, the mechanism for implementation of the resolutions adopted in Kampala.

31 Dec 2012 description
report EastAfrican

By Joint Report The EastAfrican

In Summary