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- AU: Joint Statement: Government of Rwanda, UNHCR and African Union agree to evacuate refugees out of Libya. 10 Sep 2019
- FAO: Restoring cassava farming in Rwanda. 16 Sep 2019
- UNHCR: Rwanda: 2019 Mid Year Report - Burundi Regional RRP (January - June 2019). 17 Sep 2019
- UNICEF: Going house-to-house to prevent Ebola. 15 Aug 2019
- UNICEF: UNICEF Rwanda Ebola Situation Report (August 2019). 6 Sep 2019
Above-average Season B production now expected, supporting continued Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes
• Drought: An estimated 15 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance across the Horn of Africa including northern Uganda due to a prolonged drought as a result of below average seasonal rainfall.This has led to loss of livestock due to deterioration of farmland and pastures, a spike in food prices and a reduction in the availability of water in most parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
• On July 16, the WHO declared an Ebola International Health Emergency, following the first case diagnosed in Goma, DRC, a twin city to the northwestern Rwanda city of Gisenyi/Rubavu. This declaration prompted more rigorous screenings and additional control measures along the border, as a second case was confirmed at the end of July. However, preliminary information indicates that this has not reduced the number of people, estimated at 60,000, crossing the border daily to buy food for own consumption or for trade. (FEWSNET Rwanda, July 2019)
• People in need: According to Long Rains Assessment(LRA) 2019, the overall food security in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands Counties deteriorated in 2019 with more households receding to crisis and emergency phase classification. A total 2.56 million people still require immediate food assistance. This includes 2.26 million people who are in crisis drought classification and 298,000 people who are in emergency drought classification and require immediate food assistance.
645 mt of food assistance commodities distributed
US$ 967,500 cash-based transfers completed
US$ 10.8 m six months net funding requirements, representing 50 percent of total requirements for the next six months (August 2019-January 2020).
0.3m people assisted in July 2019
1. Situation Update
In the past week, from 19 August to 25 August, 77 new confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases, with an additional 54 deaths, have been reported from nine health zones in three affected provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 62 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:
According to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNHCR, in July 8,000 new refugees arrived in Uganda from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Burundi, bringing Uganda’s total refugee and asylum-seeking population to 1.3 million.
Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité, lors de sa 871e réunion tenue le 22 août 2019, a été informé par la République d’Angola de la signature à Luanda, d’un Protocole d’Accord entre la République du Rwanda et la République de l’Ouganda.
2,227 new arrivals were registered in July, 1,256 in urban areas, 970 in Kakuma and 1 in Dadaab.
84,442 Somalis have been assisted to return to Somalia under the voluntary repatriation programme since 2014. Since the beginning of 2019, 1,596 have been assisted to return to Somalia. In addition, 705 Burundians have been assisted to return home since the beginning of 2018.
By end of July 2019, there were 211,591 (45%) refugees in Dadaab, 211,591 (40%) and in Kakuma & Kalobeyei Settlement, 73,693 (15%) in urban areas.
Working with Partners
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General welcomes the signing on 21 August in Luanda, Angola, of a memorandum of understanding between Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, with the aim of normalizing bilateral relations between the two countries.
UNHCR and partners began to assist the voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees in September 2017 as a durable solution for those refugees who indicate a desire to return home. The vast majority of returns have been from Tanzania, with smaller numbers assisted to return from Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Almost all returns from Rwanda and Uganda have so far been self-organized.
Plagued by instability and ethnic conflict since independence, Burundi’s contested presidential elections in 2015 plunged the country into another crisis and prompted a mass exodus. Three quarters of Burundians struggle to overcome food shortages, malnutrition, and disease. More than 460,000 Burundians have been uprooted, inside Burundi itself or in neighbouring countries. The EU has provided long-standing support to Burundian refugees, and to those who have fled into Burundi from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Le HCR et ses partenaires ont commencé à organiser le rapatriement volontaire des réfugiés burundais au mois de Septembre 2017, à la suite des résolutions de la Commission tripartite entre le Burundi, la Tanzanie et le HCR. Ce rapatriement s’inscrit dans le cadre des solutions durables que propose le HCR pour les réfugiés qui ont manifesté la volonté de rentrer chez eux. La majorité des rapatriés proviennent de la Tanzanie, ainsi que du Kenya et de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) en moindre nombre.
Interpeace’s 2018 Annual Report, “Trust Matters” illustrates how we are working to foster and promote trust in conflict-affected regions of the world.
• June-September rainfall performance remained average to above-average from early July to early August in unimodal areas. This has sustained largely favorable cropping conditions across northern and western agricultural zones of East Africa.