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23 Jul 2008 description
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Editorial

The various activites that the Uganda Red Cross has engaged in this period have boosted the National Society's image.

24 Feb 2008 description
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The Kenya refugees currently living at Mulanda transit camp in Tororo have requested the government of Uganda to get them a permanent settlement in the country so that they can continue transacting their business and farming freely.

The refugees fear the post-election violence in their country may not end soon.

Before we fled our country, we were serious people transacting serious business. We were teaching our children domestic work like farming which we can't do now because of the limited space in this camp.

24 Feb 2008 description
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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) with support from Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has so far re-located 1, 870 Kenyan refugees to Mulanda, a former technical institute in Tororo.

18 Feb 2008 description
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a) Situation

On February 13, 2008, 51 new entrants were received at Mulanda. This puts the current refugee population at Mulanda to 1, 770 as of February 13, 2008. On February 11, 2008, a delegation from Kenya High Commission and Kenyan Government visited the refugees at Mulanda with an aim of convincing them return home. The refugees however did not welcome the idea as they claimed the situation in Kenya does not warrant them to return soon.

Members of Ugandan Parliament on the committee of children led by the Tororo Woman MP Ms.

14 Feb 2008 description
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a) Situation

On February 13, 2008, 51 new entrants were received at Mulanda. This puts the current refugee population at Mulanda to 1, 770 as of February 13, 2008. On February 11, 2008, a delegation from Kenya High Commission and Kenyan Government visited the refugees at Mulanda with an aim of convincing them return home. The refugees however did not welcome the idea as they claimed the situation in Kenya does not warrant them to return soon.

Members of Ugandan Parliament on the committee of children led by the Tororo Woman MP Ms.

11 Feb 2008 description
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a) Situation

The population of refugees at Mulanda Transit Centre was 1, 617 as of February 10th, 2008. The refugees from Bukwo are yet to be re-located.

A delegation from the Kenyan Government was scheduled to visit Mulanda Centre today (February 11, 2008) and address the refugees.

07 Feb 2008 description
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a) Situation

As of February 6, 2008, 1, 378 refugees had been settled in Mulanda. On February 6, 2008, 29 refugees from Malaba and Manafwa accepted to be relocated to Mulanda transit centre. This brings the total of refugees at Mulanda to 1, 407. UNHCR continues to re-locate refugees willing to move. However some refugees are still staying within the communities.

UNHCR still taking the lead to register new arrivals of refugees at the camp with support from Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) volunteers.

04 Feb 2008 description
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a) Situation

Re-location of Kenyan refugees to Mulanda Transit Centre is still on going. The refugees from Bukwo are to be transferred this week by UNHCR.

A coordination meeting was held during the weekend of February 2, 2008 and a position was made that by the end of February 2008, all the refugees be re-settled in one of the refugee resettlement camps.

As of February 2, 2008 Mulanda Transit Centre had 1, 230 refugees. OPM and WFP provided beans, cooking oil, salt and maize flour to the refugees. The refugees cook for themselves.

URCS distributed the food on February 2, 2008.

01 Feb 2008 description
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a) Situation

Re-location of Kenyan refugees to Mulanda Transit Centre continues. As of January 31, 2008, 1, 184 refugees had been transferred to Mulanda by UNHCR. The refugees at Mulanda are from Busia, Manafwa and Malaba points.

Several officials from Government/OPM, UNHCR, URCS, UNOCHA, Tororo district authorities, His Highness Adola and cabinet this week visited and addressed refugees at the transit camp.

The number of refugees in Kapchorwa is 5, 221 while in Bukwo is 1, 301.

25 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

822 people (318) families from the boarder towns of Busia and Malaba re-located to Mulanda by UNHCR with support from URCS, OPM and district authorities.

The refugees were registered and given ration cards.

129 refugees from Lwakhakha were also re-located by UNHCR on Thursday January 24,2008.

UNHCR has provided 200 tents which URCS erected at the site. The family tents are to be mainly used by families while the classrooms will be used by youths, elderly and single men.

UNHCR has a team on ground.

23 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

The UNHCR with support from URCS has today January 23,2008 re-located refugees initially accommodated in Busia and Malaba. UNHCR hired buses for the exercise.

However, not all refugees were willing to be re-located to Mulanda, a former technical institute. Some opted to stay within the communities, while most of them opted to cross back home in Kenya.

In Busia, they were able to re-locate 508 refugees that accepted to be re-located of the 2,603 refugees.

URCS team in Malaba is still verifying the number of refugees re-located.

21 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

By January 20th, 2008, the refugee population assessed by URCS was:

- 2,363 Busia

- 1,996 Malaba (Tororo)

- 627 Manafwa

- 1,080 Bukwo

Total number of refugees is over 6,590.

URCS verified reported cases of refugees in Bududa district and discovered that Uganda women who married Kenyans decided to come back home as the situation gets better.

The figures of Nakapiripirit are yet to be verified.

18 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

By January 18, 2008, the refugee population assessed by URCS was:

- 2,366 (553 HHs) Busia

- 1,902 (660 HHs) Malaba (Tororo)

- 627 (195 HHs) Manafwa and Budada.

-1,080 (225 HHs) Bukwo

URCS has so far provided NFIs to 1,010 refugees. NFIs include cooking pots, mosquito nets, jerrycans, blankets, soap, tarpaulins, plates and cups.

Relocation to Mulanda Technical institute is expected to take place on Wednesday. Five pit latrines have been constructed at the site.

16 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

By January 15, 2008, the refugee population assessed by URCS was:

- 2, 155 (520 HHs) Busia

- 1, 771 (599 HHs) Malaba (Tororo)

- 627 (195 HHs) Manafwa and Budada.

- 1, 080 (225 HHs) Bukwo

URCS is yet to verify figures of Nakapiripirit.

URCS has so far provided NFIs to 3, 312 (914 HHs) refugees.

14 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

By January 13, 2008, the refugee population assessed by URCS was:

- 1, 916 Busia

- 1, 647 Malaba (Tororo)

- 627 Manafwa

- 1, 080 Bukwo

- URCS is yet to verify figures of Kapchorwa.

Please note that the Office of the Prime Minister puts the refugee population in the different parts of the country which are; Busia, Malaba, Bukwo, Kapchorwa, Bududa and Nakapipirit to 6, 103.

71 refugees entered Uganda on January 13, 2008 through Busia, while 61 refugees came through Malaba.

Preparations are underway at Mulanda former teachers' technical institute …

11 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

Uganda continues to receive Kenya refugees through its Eastern boarders.

10 Jan 2008 description
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Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has so far supported over 3, 778 Kenyan families in Malaba and Busia towns with basic non food items like blankets, soap, jerry cans, mosquito nets and cooking utensils.  As of January 9, the population of Kenyans at the boarder was put at 3, 115 people. URCS has pre-positioned stocks to cater for 1, 000 households at the boarder.

Reports coming in indicate that 400 Kenyans are in Bukwo district and 100 in Kapchorwa district in North Eastern Uganda.

The URCS Central Governing Board Chairman, Mr.

09 Jan 2008 description
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a) Situation

The Office of the Prime Minister say the situation at the boarder is not yet stable but it is not out of hand.

The short term intervention has been successful although there is need to prepare for protracted intervention as the situation in Kenya may take time to re-establish order especially in the rural areas than in urban areas.

The number of Kenyan population in Uganda as of January 9, 2008 was as follows

- Malaba 1, 804 population (475HHs)

- Busia 1, 974 population (387HHs)

- Manafwa 1,900 population.

- Bukow 400

- Kapchorwa 100

Please do …

07 Jan 2008 description
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URCS HEADQUARTERS: As of January 04, 2008, the updated refugee population figures were

882 (176 HH) Malaba
748 (150 HH) Busia
300 (60 HH) Lwakaka

URCS has distributed and is still distributing Non Food Items (NFIs) to 183 HH in Malaba and 79 HH in Busia.

In Busia, 71 HHs need NFIs together with 60 in Lwakaka. NFIs are urgently required for 131 HH. NFIs include blankets, soap, jerrycans, mosquito nets kitchen set.