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31 Dec 2002 description

Health intelligence in emergencies: which information and why?

31 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

Sudan: Peace talks, humanitarian action

While various attempts have been made in the past to bring an end to the civil war in Sudan, ongoing negotiations being held in Kenya under the auspices of the regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have been viewed by many as offering the best chance of bringing peace to Africa's largest country since the current phase of conflict began in 1983.

With real progress in peace talks offering hope of an end to almost 20 years of war, aid agencies are beginning to see improvements in their operating environment on the …

31 Dec 2002 description

Fifth Annual Listing Emphasizes Hidden Famine in Angola; Escalating Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Columbia; Forcible Return of Refugees to Chechnya; Lack of Access to Medicines

31 Dec 2002 description

This document supplements the ICRC's Headquarters Appeal 2003and contains:

  • an overview of the ICRC's operations in 2003
  • a description of its presence in the field
  • a breakdown of its operational organization
  • a description of its target populations
  • a concise description of its programmes
  • a brief description of its 63 delegations
  • overall budget amounts
  • overall budget and budgets by programme for each delegation
The ICRC's operations in 2003 and the respective budget figures are presented in detail in the ICRC's Emergency Appeals 2003, …
30 Dec 2002 description

KHARTOUM, Dec. 30 (UNHCR) - As the clock winds down towards the year-end cessation of refugee status for more than 320,000 Eritreans in Sudan, thousands are coming forward seeking continued refugee protection while others are asking to be taken home or applying to remain as immigrants.

30 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 30 December (IRIN) - The leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, has reportedly telephoned a radio station in northern Uganda to say he is ready to enter peace talks with the Ugandan government, according to news agencies.

26 Dec 2002 description

Since 1983, an estimated two million Sudanese have died as a result of the protracted conflict, drought and famine. In the past year, however, several positive developments within Sudan have occurred, providing new opportunities to finally resolve Africa's longest war and move the country to a lasting peace.

26 Dec 2002 description

GENEVA, Dec. 26 (UNHCR) - They returned by foot or occasionally on horseback. They came jammed in pickups, on motor scooters and buses. Groups of families surrounded by donkeys, suitcases, satellite dishes and huge wooden beams from their old homes, perched precariously atop convoys of trucks resembling overcrowded fairground gondolas swathed in a kaleidoscope of colors.

26 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 26 December (IRIN) - Sudan's parliament on Monday approved the extension of a state of emergency for a fourth year, news agencies reported.

24 Dec 2002 description

Mission Highlights

  • Cereal production in 2002 is forecast at 3.8 million tonnes, about 30 percent and 15 percent down on last year and the average for the preceding five years respectively.

  • Late and poor distribution of rainfall coupled with reduced cultivated area in the irrigated sector, compared to last year, accounted for the decline in production.

24 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN)

22 Dec 2002 description

CAIRO, (Reuters) - The Sudanese government and southern rebels have extended a landmark ceasefire agreement in the centre of the vast African country for another six months until mid-2003, the ceasefire monitoring body said on Sunday.

The ceasefire in the Nuba Mountains area has been renewed for six-month periods since it was brokered with U.S. mediation in January this year.

The two sides went on to forge a breakthrough outline peace deal in July, raising hopes of a final end to the 19-year-old war which has killed over two million people.

19 Dec 2002 description

KAMPALA, (Reuters) - The Ugandan army said on Thursday it had damaged the capacity of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels to wage war and only small groups of the guerrillas were still active.

"We are declaring victory," Major Shaban Bantariza told a news conference in the capital Kampala.

"It's not to say we have finished them, but there will be no more general insecurity in northern Uganda...what is left is to comb the area for the small groups still running around."

The LRA, feared for cutting off the limbs and lips of villagers, has abducted …

18 Dec 2002 description

Executive summary
Human security
Capacity building
Reintegration and recovery
Return of the displaced
The way forward

Annex 1: Mission composition
Annex 2: Map of Sudan

18 Dec 2002 description

Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne is allocating an extra €5 million to relieve the famine in Africa. The money will go to start the appeal for southern Africa and the Horn of Africa launched by the joint Dutch aid agencies on 13 December.

"Hunger threatens the lives of millions of people, most of them women and children. We are facing a disaster of such proportions that we have to do everything we possibly can to turn the tide," Van Ardenne announced.

Whenever a disaster of this kind occurs, the Dutch aid agencies join forces to raise funds.