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31 Dec 2005 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Dec 31, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Fire has burnt over 200 huts, leaving about 5,000 people without shelter in Aromo internally displaced persons' (IDP) camp near Lira town in northern Uganda, reported local press on Saturday.

Camp commandant David Elic said the fire broke out on Wednesday and property worth over 10 million shillings (about 6,000 US dollars) was destroyed, including foodstuffs distributed by the World Food Program.

Elic said one businessman, Richard Ojok, lost eight bags of sesame, eight bags of salt, two cartons of biscuits and eight cartons of …

31 Dec 2005 description

The tiny, remote district of Kiboga in south-western Uganda has always prided itself on its homegrown healthcare. Nearly every village has its own health centre, with trained midwives, nurses, and even little 'theatres' where basic surgery can be carried out in emergencies. While most of the residents are poor subsistence farmers, they have a very positive attitude and a refreshingly dynamic approach towards development. A popular comedy show on Ugandan television mocks Kiboga for being backward. The people here are anxious to overturn this view.

30 Dec 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

30 Dec 2005 description

BRUSSELS - With a contribution of a 4 million euros from ECHO for Pakistan today, the European Commission (EC) has provided its largest contribution since 1992 - some 214 million euros - to the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) operations around the globe in its effort to save lives and feed the hungry poor.

30 Dec 2005 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Dec 30, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Efforts by the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) in hunting down rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have started to pay off with an estimated number of rebels reducing to between 500 to 600 from the original figure of about 7,000 in 2002.

29 Dec 2005 description

KAMPALA, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Uganda's army said on Thursday it had arrested two soldiers over the shooting deaths of seven protesters and wounding of 16 other people outside of a barracks near a northern refugee camp.

28 Dec 2005 description

Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, today announced details of a humanitarian and recovery aid package of over €12.8 million for Africa and the Middle East.

28 Dec 2005 description


The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) issues periodic warnings when a food crisis is developing, where groups are now, or about to become, highly food insecure and take increasingly irreversible actions that undermine their future food security. Decision makers should urgently address the situations highlighted by this Warning.

Food insecurity continues, no signals to end of war in Northern Uganda: Gulu, Kitgum, Lira and Pader districts

Source of data: UN agencies, Humanitarian Organizations Graphics: FEWS NET Uganda, December 2005

28 Dec 2005 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Dec 28, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Ugandan and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities have agreed on a joint strategy to fight the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group fighting the Ugandan government.

28 Dec 2005 description


Weekly Introduction
Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead: April – June 2006

Northern Horn of Africa

Climatology is expected across most of the region, except locally over northwestern and southwestern Sudan, where there is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall locally over eastern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, and portions of Djibouti. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Gulf of Guinea

27 Dec 2005 description

27 déc. 05 - 17h12 KINSHASA - Environ 4000 soldats des FARDC, mènent actuellement trois opérations distinctes avec l'appui de 1000 Casques bleus de la MONUC, dans le Nord-Est de la République Démocratique du Congo.

27 Dec 2005 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Dec 27, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) has handed over 51 rebel militias to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities.

27 Dec 2005 description
report UN News Service

A United Nations peacekeeper from India, soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and leaders of a Ugandan rebel movement were among the scores of people killed as the Congolese troops took back nine localities in the troubled eastern region of the country, the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) reported today.