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18 Aug 2017 description

Threat worsening as rainfall, deforestation increase

By Edward McAllister

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

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03 Jul 2017 description

Gunman suspected of trying to harm refugees

  • First reported attacks in Uganda since war started

  • Uganda hosts about one million South Sudan refugees

  • Gunman suspected of trying to harm refugees

By Elias Biryabarema

GBARI, Uganda, July 3 (Reuters) - Men wearing South Sudanese military uniforms have launched two raids on a hamlet over the border in Uganda in recent weeks, residents said, stealing cattle and raising fears that a near four-year-old conflict is spreading.

26 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 26 May 2017 13:56 GMT

"The refugees are stealing, they stole a goat at night and their foot marks were traced up to the camp"

By Pacato Peter Obwot

PAGIRINYA, Uganda May 26 (Reuters) - Hunger is forcing desperate refugees from South Sudan to steal food from poverty-stricken locals in northern Uganda, residents say, after a funding crisis compelled the United Nations slash rations in refugee camps by half this month.

10 May 2017 description

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, May 9 (Reuters) - Uganda hopes to raise $2 billion in donations at a U.N. refugee summit next month to help fund relief operations for refugees flowing in from neighbouring South Sudan, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said on Tuesday.

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13 Apr 2017 description

Pest is a food security risk in a region already struggling with worsening drought

ADDIS ABABA, April 13 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have damaged crops across southern Ethiopia, the latest country to be struck by the pests in a region already struggling with widespread drought and hunger, authorities said on Thursday.

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12 Apr 2017 description

Last week, more than 3,000 people arrived at the border in a single morning after an alleged massacre by South Sudan government troops

  • Uganda home to nearly 1 million South Sudanese refugees

  • Refugee system at breaking point - UNHCR

  • More fleeing ethnic fighting every day

  • Local animosity towards refugees growing

By Ed Cropley

05 Apr 2017 description

Thousands of South Sudanese have crossed border

  • Grim testimony from refugees fleeing into Uganda

  • Thousands of South Sudanese have crossed border

  • Government forces attack border town 'to flush out rebels'

  • Three-year civil war ripping apart world's youngest nation

04 Apr 2017 description

The United Nations said in December it had evidence of ethnic cleansing

  • Refugees say attacked by government soldiers

  • Government says launched operation against guerrillas

  • Death toll not known, but likely in double figures (Adds details, quotes, background)

04 Apr 2017 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 10:43 GMT

NGOMOROMO, Uganda, April 4 (Reuters) - More than 3,000 South Sudanese fled into neighbouring Uganda on Tuesday after government soldiers attacked the border town of Pajok, killing men, women and children indiscriminately, refugees said.

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24 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 24 March 2017 20:31 GMT

The United Nations fears it could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, March 24 (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have started spreading across Uganda, authorities said on Friday, raising fears for the surrounding East Africa region already devastated by drought.

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22 Mar 2017 description

by Yasin Kakande

KATAKWI, Uganda, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seven-year-old Esther Agutti weighs 7 kilos - a third of the weight of the average child her age.

She has been in hospital in Katakwi, eastern Uganda, for three days. She was painfully thin when she was admitted and had diarrhoea and vomiting, said Loyce Akelo, a senior doctor.

29 Nov 2016 description

The latest wave of unrest began started shortly after Uganda's disputed presidential elections in February

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Uganda rejected on Tuesday charges by rights group Amnesty International that security forces carried out extra-judicial killings during clashes with the royal guards of a tribal king at the weekend.

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13 Jan 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:43 GMT

BANGUI, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels killed a villager and abducted dozens of others during two weekend raids in a remote diamond-producing area of Central African Republic, local residents and officials said on Tuesday.

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17 Dec 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:20 GMT

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Uganda is suffering a shortage of imported drugs to treat HIV victims due to a weak currency and insufficient foreign exchange but the government is raising funds to cover the shortfall, a senior finance ministry official said.

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07 May 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 6 May 2015 23:00 GMT

Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, May 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tackling an "epidemic" of sexual violence in Uganda, in which disabled women and girls are most vulnerable to abuse, and seeking justice for the victims are at the heart of a campaign launched by the rights group Equality Now on Thursday.

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15 Sep 2014 description

Source: Reuters - Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:42 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Police in the Ugandan capital Kampala seized "substantial amounts of explosives" and suicide vests in raids on a suspected al Shabaab cell that was planning an imminent attack, a Ugandan official said in an interview on Sunday.

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07 May 2014 description

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS, May 6 (Reuters) - Warlord Joseph Kony and some of his Lord's Resistance Army commanders are hiding in Sudanese-controlled areas of a disputed enclave in South Sudan bordering Central African Republic and Sudan, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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29 Apr 2014 description

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, April 29 (Reuters) - Uganda will begin repatriating as many as 184,000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees after a large number of them asked to go home, a junior minister told Reuters on Tuesday.

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07 Apr 2014 description
  • Staffer released but investigation continues -police

  • Project suspended after staffer detained

  • West and World Bank withhold aid worth $118 million (Adds U.S. comments, paragraphs 7-8)

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, April 4 (Reuters) - A U.S.-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state.

17 Feb 2014 description

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in Africa make up 60 to 80 percent of the continent's smallholder farmers and produce 90 percent of its food, according to the Farming First coalition of farmers, scientists, engineers and industry players.

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