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- AU: Joint Statement: Government of Rwanda, UNHCR and African Union agree to evacuate refugees out of Libya. 10 Sep 2019
- UNHCR: Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan: 2019 Mid Year Report (1 January - 30 June 2019). 17 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
What is it?
Households deplete food stocks atypically early in several areas of the region
Brussels, 21 August 2019
The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to spread in the east of the country with a high risk of a spill-over into the neighbouring countries. The European Union is stepping up its assistance to Burundi with €465,000 to further strengthen Ebola preparedness measures by authorities and aid organisations in the country.
Located in the central region district of Dowa, Dzaleka Refugee Camp is home to some 38,827 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Somalia. Since its establishment in 1994, the camp has seen an increase in entrepreneurship, which has given rise to successful micro-businesses ranging from farming, fashion design, and profitable enterprises that include grocery stores, hair dressing saloons, restaurants and production of poultry.
Total of 38,808 refugees and asylum-seekers are residing at Dzaleka Refugee Camp as of 30 April. A total of 278 new arrivals and newborn babies were registered in April 2019.
UNHCR assisted with shelter and relief items 10,000 persons affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe districts.
In 2018 a total of 1,069 refugees were resettled from Malawi to Canada, Australia,
Finland, Sweden and USA. 2019 referral target is 1,250.
1. Situation update
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 66 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in Benin
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.
344,100 Burundian Refugees
13,323 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) comprising 6,778 women and 6,545 men received monthly food rations in Mantapala Settlement, Luapula Province.
701 new asylum-seekers arrived in June - 558 from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 117 Burundi, 24 Somalia and two were of other nationalities. New arrivals are accommodated in Mantapala Settlement.
Countries at risk of Ebola will receive extra UK aid support to help stop the deadly disease from spreading, International Development Secretary Alok Sharma announced today (Monday 19 August).
Since the epidemic began last August, the UK has been a major donor to the Ebola response and has now allocated a further £8 million for countries neighbouring the DRC, such as Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda, as the likelihood of Ebola spreading to these countries is high.
In 2019 As of 30 June
6,023 Submissions Target
2,295 UNHCR Submissions
35% Survivors of Violence and/or Torture
10% Women and Girls at- risk
10% Legal and/or Physical Protection Needs
Resettlement Achievements from 2012 to 2019
In 2018, largest resettlement submissions ever achieved out of Uganda
Achievement of annual submission targets since 2012
In 2019, six resettlement countries accepted to receive refugees from Uganda
339 Number of Police deployed
30 Number of female Police deployed
28 Number of Police Posts in Refugee Settlements
1,360 Number of refugees that received legal Assistance
15,783 Number of Refugees reached during community sensitization
120 Detention monitoring visits conducted *(police stations, prisons, remand homes)
58 Number of Packages Provided by UNHCR (Fuel, accommodation, WASH facilities, protection house, vehicle, motorbikes and transport)
Key Figures of the month
1,637 # of new asylum seekers registered at the Refugee Desk in Kampala
8,838 # of new arrivals from DRC registered in settlements
6,554 # of new arrivals from South Sudan registered in settlements
390 # of new asylum seekers from Burundi registered in Nakivale settlement
Key Achievement of 2019
11,853 # of asylum applications adjudicated by the REC
11,357 # of asylum applications granted
95% % of recognition rate in the first instance
Month Later, Journalist and Opposition Member Still Missing
(Nairobi) – A journalist and an opposition member from Rwanda are still missing one month after disappearing in separate incidents. Their loved ones have not heard from them, and the authorities have revealed nothing about investigations.
Uganda hosts over 1.29 million registered refugees and asylum seekers, making it the third largest host country in the world. South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the top two countries of origin in the region due to ongoing conflict, insecurity, and intercommunal violence within these countries. Refugees and asylum seekers are integrated with host communities and do not live in camps. About 95% live in settlements and the rest in urban centers, and about 83% are women and children.
UNICEF and partners have trained over 10,000 community health workers in Rwanda to visit families and teach them how to prevent Ebola.
By Laura Wotton
MUSANZE, Rwanda - In Umwidagaduro Village, Daniel Munyankindi knocks on his neighbour’s door and steps inside. It is not the first house he has visited today, but he takes a seat and warmly addresses the family with fresh enthusiasm. At first glance, it seems like an informal visit, but Daniel is here with an important agenda.
“Tell me, what do you know about Ebola?” Daniel asks the family.
1. Situation update
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues. In the past week, 68 new confirmed EVD cases with an additional 43 deaths have been reported from 13 health zones across the two affected provinces. Most (59%) of the new cases reported in the past seven days were from Beni (n=29) and Mandima (n=11) Health Zones.
Le Baromètre sécuritaire du Kivu est un projet conjoint de Human Rights Watch et du Groupe d’étude sur le Congo de l’Université de New York.
Les conflits continuent d’affecter la vie de millions de personnes dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo. Selon divers rapports humanitaires, la situation générale dans le pays ne s’est guère améliorée ces dernières années.
L’année dernière, l’on a compté 1,8 million de personnes nouvellement déplacées du fait de la violence.