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03 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

KAMPALA - The U.S. Mission in Uganda has added more than $100 million in aid to the East African country with about half being injected into health, a sector analysts say is receiving little attention from the government.

The United States Mission in Uganda says its assistance to the East African country has reached nearly $1 billion.

U.S. aid to Uganda increased from $840 million in 2016 to $971 million in 2017.

The funding is going into sectors ranging from agriculture to security and from trade to justice and democracy.

04 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

April 04, 2018 10:39 AM
Halima Athumani

KYANGWALI, UGANDA — The refugee population in Uganda stands at more than 1.4 million and growing, thanks to conflicts in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The influx is forcing Uganda to rethink its decades-old policy of allocating plots of land for refugees to farm and live on.

The Congolese refugees arrive on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert aboard rickety boats.

More than 60,000 have come since the start of the year. They are fleeing a fresh wave of communal violence in the northeastern D.R.C.

28 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

KYANGWALI, UGANDA — In 2005, four young Congolese refugees in western Uganda opened a school for kids like themselves, separated from their families when they fled conflict in neighboring countries. Today, the school boasts about 500 students and continues to provide free education to unaccompanied refugee children or those whose families cannot afford to pay.

23 Mar 2018 description
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KYANGWALI, UGANDA — The wave of ethnic violence sweeping through northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. Nearly 50,000 have crossed into Uganda.

The waters of Lake Albert look beautiful and even inviting, but they can also be dangerous. The U.N. says several Congolese refugees have died this year making the five-hour crossing to Uganda in rickety boats.

24 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund reports at least 90,000 children have been forced to flee their homes in the face of escalating inter-communal violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Province.

Ituri’s Djugu territory in northeastern D.R.C. has been the scene of recent carnage and displacement, with tens of thousands of people fleeing their homes in fear of their lives.

The U.N. children’s fund reports ethnic violence in this province has displaced an estimated 66,000 children internally and sent another 25,000 seeking refuge in neighboring Uganda.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Halima Athumani

KAMPALA, UGANDA — The Uganda Red Cross says it has begun registering Kenyans who have fled their country in anticipation of violence surrounding elections set for Tuesday. The Uganda Red Cross says it plans to set up receiving sites at the border towns of Busia and Tororo.

The Uganda Red Cross says it has received and seen a number of Kenyans who crossed the border, fearing for their safety.

Bob Akankwasa is its director of disaster risk management.

29 Jul 2017 description
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Sora Halake

Last year, aid agencies and the Kenyan government set up a new settlement for refugees in the northwestern town of Kalobeyei. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) made a point of saying that Kalobeyei would not be a refugee camp. Instead, it would be an "integrated community," where refugees and local residents could do business together, live in harmony and access services offered by UNHCR through local partners.

But for Galgalo Arero, an Ethiopian refugee and father of three, the real Kalobeyei is very different than the dream.

20 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

Halima Athumani

ADJUMANI, UGANDA — The nearly one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda face shortages of food, water and medical care, but they have also brought with them the trauma of the war they fled. Aid agencies are struggling to meet the need for counseling for survivors of gender-based violence.

She was attacked in South Sudan six months ago, but she is still afraid to answer the door. VOA met this 35-year-old woman at the Pagirinya refugee settlement in Uganda. She spoke through a translator.

20 Jun 2017 description
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Halima Athumani

ADJUMANI, UGANDA — This week, Uganda welcomes U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other high-level international guests and donors for the two day Refugee Solidarity Conference (Thursday 6/22 and Friday 6/23). The conference in Kampala hopes to raise $8 billion to support refugees in Uganda for the next four years.

At the border separating Uganda from South Sudan, exhausted women and children arrive daily, hungry and dehydrated. Aid workers give them fortified biscuits.

19 Jun 2017 description
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Halima Athumani

ADJUMANI, UGANDA —It is estimated Uganda has one doctor for every 24,000 citizens. The nurse-to-population ratio is not much better, one for every 11,000 people, and much of that staff is concentrated in urban areas.

Now add 1.2 million refugees.

19 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

NAIROBI — After more than a year of wreaking havoc across western and southern Africa, fall armyworms have now been reported in most countries in eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burundi.

Timothy Mbaya is a 25-year-old farmer from western Kenya. He says 75 percent of his maize crop was destroyed by a fall armyworm infestation in April.

06 Apr 2017 description
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Jill Craig

ARUA, KOBOKO, YUMBE, UGANDA — The buses keep rolling in, bringing more South Sudanese from border points in northern Uganda to refugee settlements, their new homes for the foreseeable future. Africa’s biggest refugee crisis is becoming bigger by the day.

18 Mar 2017 description
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KAMPALA, UGANDA — South Sudanese women in Uganda say they have found a way to support each other amid tough financial times.

The idea can be traced to the South Sudanese concept of “sanduk,” or box. It's an arrangement under which each member of a group of women contributes a small amount of money monthly, collected by the group's treasurer. All the cash is given to one member of the group each month. The same exercise is repeated the following month for a different group member. It continues until the last person is reached, and then it starts all over again.

28 Jan 2017 description
report Voice of America

Simon Peter Apiku

KAMPALA —
South Sudanese urban refugees living in Kampala, Uganda, say they are learning new skills so they can fend for themselves and their families amid worsening financial conditions back home.

Loved ones in South Sudan stopped sending financial support for school fees, rent and other expenses years ago, shortly after the conflict between government and opposition forces erupted in late 2013.

24 Nov 2016 description
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By Natalia Jidovanu and Katarina Höije

YUMBE, UGANDA — Once a safe haven for those trying to escape South Sudan’s conflict, Yei is the latest town to be engulfed by violence in the country’s civil war.

In Yei, the population often falls asleep to gunfire and wakes up to soldiers patrolling the streets. The army, made up primarily of soldiers belonging to the Dinka ethnic group of President Salva Kiir, controls all roads leading out of town.

05 Oct 2016 description
report Voice of America

Tito Justin

ARUA, UGANDA — South Sudanese refugees who fled to neighboring Uganda from Morobo County in the Yei River State of South Sudan last week say people are dying in the refugee camps.

They fled during fighting between government forces and an armed group, and they are calling on the government to meet with the armed group, learn its grievances and negotiate a peaceful resolution.

Civilians from Morobo County say the main road linking Uganda and South Sudan is impassible because gunmen are blocking it.

24 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Sebastian Mohfu

HARARE, ZIMBABWE—Scientists in Africa say they are a step closer to prevention of HIV transmission.

Researchers have been studying a vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral drug called dapivirine. Their findings show the dapivirine ring, inserted into a woman’s genital tract and used for a month at a time, reduced the risk of HIV infection by 27 percent.

11 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Jessica Berman

Many children in developing countries — particularly in Africa — are malnourished. Worldwide, more than 70 million children suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Experts say poor nutritional status increases the risk of death 10 times in children who are ill with malaria, diarrheal diseases and other conditions.

The non-profit global health organization, Medecins Sans Frontier, or Doctors Without Borders, treats an estimated 300,000 children every year for malnutrition.

30 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

MBARARA, UGANDA— A fresh wave of Burundian refugees has entered Uganda this month amid concerns that violence in Burundi is escalating. New arrivals say they fled after pro-government militia and security forces targeted their families.

The Nakivali Refugee Settlement in southwestern Uganda is home to refugees from all over Central Africa.

Ugandan officials say that in the past two weeks, about 50 Burundians per day have declared themselves at the border. They suspect the actual number of people arriving is higher, due to some bypassing official checkpoints.

10 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

Lizabeth Paulat

KAMPALA - East Africa is bracing for the impact of El Nino. In Uganda, the government is preparing for massive flooding and landslides and already dealing with a cholera outbreak. People living in slum areas are at particularly high risk.

El Nino, a global climate phenomenon that occurs when surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean warm and redirect usual wind patterns, produces volatile weather patterns.

Godfrey Mujuni, a manager at Uganda's meteorological data center, said rains will continue through what should be the dry season.