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18 Dec 2009 description
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By Xiao Linjun

NAIROBI, Dec 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- African wisdom sheds light on efforts to resolve political crises in 2009, with a series of achievements made to ensure the continent of peace and prosperity in the coming years.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is in the limelight of 2009 for defusing flare-ups, which until months ago posed a real danger not only to the war-torn central African country, but the entire Great Lakes region.

The key to the success is an African plan worked out by regional leaders, under which DR Congo and neighboring Rwanda, …

15 Dec 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan government and the United Nations on Tuesday signed a new five-year 865 million U.S.

10 Dec 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 10, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ugandan gov't calls for local mitigation measures to climate change effects Ugandan gov't calls for local mitigation measures to climate change effects

The Ugandan government on Thursday urged its citizens to adopt local mitigation measures to climate change effects as it awaits financial contributions from the developed countries.

Minister of Water and Environment Maria Mutagamba told reporters here that as the developed countries are blamed for the current effects of climate change, the local population should not engage in …

11 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 11, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda renews media strategy in HIV/AIDS fight as infection rate soars Uganda renews media strategy in HIV/AIDS fight as infection rate soars

The Ugandan government on Tuesday renewed its strategy of fighting the increasing HIV/AIDS pandemic by partnering with media houses to concentrate on prevention messages rather than treatment.

Kihumuro Apuuli, director general of the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC), told media managers here that the government has been compelled to focus on prevention rather treatment because of the increasing number of …

11 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 11, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda is on high alert following suspected outbreak of deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the central part of the country, an official said here on Wednesday.

The state minister for health in charge of general duties, Richard Nduuhura told Xinhua by telephone that they are prepared to combat the outbreak drawing from the past experiences in 2000 and 2007.

"We are very prepared. We have the capacity and manpower to handle and contain any outbreak," said Nduuhura.

"There is no need to worry.

07 Nov 2009 description
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BEIJING, Nov 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- For children living in peace, war is the stuff of fast-paced action movies or high-adrenaline computer games. Yet today, an astounding figure released by UNICEF shows that more than 250,000 children are fighting in wars and armed conflicts worldwide and witnessing atrocities.

From the "little bees" of Colombia to the "baby brigades" of Sri Lanka, boys and girls, some as young as six, have been transformed into small but highly efficient killing machines.

But what happens to child soldiers when the guns fall silent?

07 Nov 2009 description
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BEIJING, Nov 07, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- In a split second, disasters changed everything for children.

Some children lost their parents, some were left permanently disabled, while others became homeless. But the cruelest are the inerasable horror and pain in their minds. Weak and vulnerable, children suffered just as much, if not more than adults, when disaster struck.

They survived, and many thrived.

04 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Egypt and Uganda are in new talks about the use of the River Nile water after previous negotiations with riparian countries failed to reach a compromise, a top Egyptian government official on a visit here said on Wednesday.

Mona Omar, the assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, told reporters that a delegation of Egyptian experts were sent to Uganda about a week ago with new proposals for a compromise clause into the proposed Nile Water Basin Cooperative Framework agreement.

She did not however reveal what the …

02 Nov 2009 description
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By Luc Roger Mbala and Shu Shi

KINSHASA, Nov 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC) has entered into a decisive phase in the process of reconstruction and democratization, but the government still has much to do to get rid of insecurity.

In a recent press release, Congolese Defense Minister Charles Muando Nsimba announced the operation initiated by the armed forces FARDC and the UN mission MONUC to combat Rwandan rebels and other insurgents were on the right track with positive results.

The minister said the situation has much improved, especially …

19 Oct 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Oct 19, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda's Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi said on Monday that failure to address the refugee and internally displaced persons (IDPs) crisis in Africa is threatening the continent's peace and stability.

Nsibambi, while opening an AU ministers meeting on refugee, returnees and IDPs here, warned that keeping a large number of people in confinement has serious consequences.

"The potential of otherwise willing and able people to contribute to the development of their communities and nations is being wasted.

14 Oct 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Oct 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda to establish disaster coordination center ahead of expected El Nino rains Uganda to establish disaster coordination center ahead of expected El Nino rains

Uganda is to establish a national emergency coordination and operations center to monitor and coordinate operations during the heavy rains following El Nino expected in the coming months, an official said here on Wednesday.

"The center will be networked with relevant institutions and be operational 24 hours for timely response for emergency," said Musa Ecweru, …

14 Oct 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Oct 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda is to establish a national emergency coordination and operations center to monitor and coordinate operations during the heavy rains following El Nino expected in the coming months, an official said here on Wednesday.

"The center will be networked with relevant institutions and be operational 24 hours for timely response for emergency," said Musa Ecweru, Uganda's state minister for relief, disaster preparedness at a function to mark the World Disaster Day.

Torrential rains swept parts of the East African country since …

12 Sep 2009 description
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MOROTO, Uganda, Sep 12, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- As the world continues to debate the effects of climate change and adaptation measures, Uganda is embarking on local solutions to beat the effects that have left 3.5 million people on the verge of starvation.

Weather experts say Uganda's rain seasons are increasingly becoming unpredictable and yet the country practices rain fed agriculture with over 70 percent of the population deriving its livelihood from the sector.

PAYING THE PRICE

The most hit part of this East African country is in the northeastern region, also known as …

01 Sep 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Sep 01, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a One-Month One-Off general food distribution to over one million people across the Acholi region in northern Uganda, said a statement here on Tuesday.

The food aid package is aimed at helping bridge the gap between harvests in war-torn northern Uganda, allowing people to harvest what has grown to maturity, while waiting for the second- season harvest at the end of the year, it said.

"We hope that this September harvest, although poor, will provide people with enough food to see them …

06 Aug 2009 description
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MOROTO, Uganda, Aug 06, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The UN World Food Program ( WFP) on Wednesday launched a 400-acre cassava seed multiplication farm here aimed at boosting food production in the famine hit region.

Sheila Sisulu, WFP's Deputy Executive Director for hunger solutions office based in Rome, Italy said the farm is a new medium and long-term measure to address the hunger situation in the region.

She is in Uganda on a five day visit meeting government officials and visiting the agency's projects

According to the food aid agency, the cassava farm to be run by 25 …

30 Jul 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Jul 30, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda, Rwanda and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will next week meet to discuss the possibility of extending the deadline for the voluntary repatriation of Rwandese refugees in Uganda, an official said here on Thursday.

Musa Ecweru, Uganda's State Minister for Refugees, Disaster Preparedness and Relief told reporters that many Rwandese refugees had registered to voluntarily go home but the deadline of July 31 would affect the process.

"I will be traveling to Kigali next week to discuss with the …

06 Jul 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Jul 06, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World Food Program (WFP) office here said on Monday that it had purchased food worth 26 million U. S. dollars from Ugandan farmers in the last six months in an effort to boost food production.

WFP Country Director Stanlake Samkange said in a statement that since January, WFP has bought maize grain and maize meal worth nearly 19 million U.S.

01 Jul 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Jul 01, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations on Wednesday launched a 10-day health campaign via cell phones in eastern Uganda.

Launching the initiative "Texting4Health", UN Resident Coordinator Theophane Nikyema said the campaign will invite residents to participate in a short health quiz using text messages free of charge in Jinja district, 80 km east of Kampala.

"The initiative is intended to reach out to 10,000 people in Uganda through mobile phones to demonstrate the reach and potential use of mobile phones in health information and …

29 Jun 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Jun 29, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan government has started emergency food distributions in northern and eastern part of the country following a severe food shortage, an official said here on Monday.

Musa Ecweru, Uganda's state minister for disaster preparedness and refugees, said the ministry and the office of the prime minister, which coordinates humanitarian assistance, have dispatched food to West Nile, Acholi, Lango sub regions in the north and Teso sub region in the east hit worst by the food shortage.

Uganda is currently facing a countrywide food …

31 May 2009 description
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KAPENGURIA, Kenya, May 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least six people were killed after Ugandan soldiers clashed with Kenyan pastoralists over illegal guns along the two neighboring nation's frontier, a Kenyan official confirmed on Sunday.

Pokot North District Commissioner Joseph Motari said the gun battle erupted between Kenyan Pokot pastoralists and the Ugandan People's Defense Force at Kamayor in Nakipirpirit district, east of the Ugandan capital Kampala.

He said the Kenyans had crossed into Uganda in search of water and pasture for their livestock after a …