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30 Nov 2005 description

(New York: 30 November 2005): United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for $4.7 billion to provide urgent support to 31 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 26 countries worldwide.

30 Nov 2005 description

The Regional Scenario Development workshop for the Greater Horn of Africa region took place on 2-3 November in the Ballroom of the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi. Regional representations from UN, INGOs, and donors joined their respective colleagues from countries in the region to provide a fairly comprehensive and complementary perspective and analysis of recent and forecasted regional events.

30 Nov 2005 description


THE SECRETARY-GENERAL FOREWORD TO THE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL 2006
The past year has been a wretched one for millions of disaster victims. It dawned with the Indian Ocean tsunami, saw a hurricane season unrivalled in living memory strike the Americas, and included South Asia’s devastating earthquake. Through it all, other tragic crises persisted in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Like never before, the year stretched and tested the capabilities of aid agencies, and the will of survivors.

30 Nov 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four Months Lead:

March – May 2006

Southern Africa

The outlook for March-May 2006 southern Africa rainfall at four months lead shows a tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall across Namibia and locally over western Botswana. There is a tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall over southern and northern Angola, portions of central and northeastern Zambia, northern Mozambique, Malawi, and portions of southern Tanzania.

East Africa

29 Nov 2005 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Nov 29, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An African Union (AU) delegation is currently paying a five-day visit to Uganda to discuss with their Ugandan counterparts on security in the region.

29 Nov 2005 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Nov 29, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ugandan rebel groups, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and National Army for Liberation of Uganda (NALU), are causing mayhem in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ugandan military has said.

The 2nd Division army spokesman, Lt. Tabaro Kiconco told Xinhua by telephone on Tuesday that the two rebel groups terrorized Congolese civilians after the Congolese army in conjunction with UN peacekeepers who started dislodging them.

"The ADF and NALU are harassing civilians in areas of Iringeti and Alubani villages in eastern Congo.

29 Nov 2005 description

ICRC News No. 05/89
On 28 November, 22 traditional leaders from the Gulu district of northern Uganda's conflict-ridden Acholi region took part in a one-day seminar organized by the ICRC on its humanitarian activities and on basic principles of international humanitarian law.

28 Nov 2005 description
report UN Security Council


I. Introduction
1. The present fifth report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict is submitted pursuant to the request of the President of the Security Council contained in his statement of 14 December 2004 (S/PRST/2004/46).

26 Nov 2005 description


SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS

Sporadic attacks, specifically targeted at humanitarian organizations and personnel working in northern Uganda, threaten the provision of services to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and are once again dimming hopes of their return home. In Karamoja Region, households are enjoying normal food security following a near normal harvest this year. In bimodal areas, normal harvests are projected.

SEASONAL TIMELINE

25 Nov 2005 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Nov 25, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sudan's special presidential envoy Deng Alor Kuol said on Friday that his country was determined to finish off Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, according to Ugandan government radio.

25 Nov 2005 description

By Richard Waddington
GENEVA, Nov 25 (Reuters) - International pressure is urgently needed to end the war in northern Uganda where one of the most neglected humanitarian crises in the world has displaced nearly 2 million people, a U.N. official said. "We need massive international pressure, concentrated and sustained. It has been 20 years and it has got to be stopped," said Dennis McNamara, special U.N. adviser on displacement, referring to the Uganda's war with the shadowy Lord's Resistance Army rebels.

25 Nov 2005 description

GENEVA, November 25 (UNHCR) - Violence is a common thread in the lives of refugees and displaced people all over the world.

25 Nov 2005 description

This week 's report covers the following sectors: Agriculture, Food, Health, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter & Non-food items, Water & Santitation

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Pakistan

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Djibouti (4) Ethiopia (5) Kenya (6) Rwanda (7) Sudan (8) Tanzania (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad (2) Liberia (3) Niger

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Angola (2) Lesotho (3) Madagascar (4) Malawi (5) Mozambique (6) Swaziland (7) Zambia (8) …

24 Nov 2005 description
report Human Rights Watch

New York, November 23, 2005 - The Ugandan government should reverse its ban on speech and demonstrations linked to the trial of the main opposition candidate for president, Dr. Kizza Besigye, and end its intimidation of the courts, Human Rights Watch said today. The government issued the ban on speech and demonstrations on November 22 following criticism of the security forces' interference in a hearing related to the Besigye case.

23 Nov 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

23 Nov 2005 description

MSF has halted emergency transfers of patients in MSF vehicles and suspended water and sanitation activities in several camps, including the drilling of bore holes to provide much-needed water for displaced people in some camps in Kitgum.