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By Jane Nandawula Okumu, Communications Manager for CCF-Uganda
Forty-year-old John had looked forward to the Kenyan elections. The father of six and owner of a small shop a few miles from the Ugandan border, he had no reason to suspect the elections would go horribly wrong or that he and his family would become refugees, fleeing the violence.
"On the 27th of December, my family and I were indoors listening to the election result announcements on the radio. On the 28th, we fled," John said.
January 14, 2008
The post-election unrest in Kenya is slowly settling, violence remains sporadic, and the threat of new uprisings still lingers.
The instability and violence stemming from the Dec. 27 presidential elections in Kenya is continuing to present security issues for many Kenyans. CCF's national office in Nairobi is now open, although the security situation remains volatile. CCF staff have been hindered in traveling to the program areas.
'The security of our staff is of utmost importance,' CCF President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard said. 'In order to properly support families and children, we must first ensure the safety of our staff.
Following the violent clashes in Kenya, 5,400 refugees are estimated to have entered Uganda, in an area where CCF works with local communities.
Severe flooding in the western region of Africa and in Uganda has destroyed livelihoods and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
CCF Africa region is assessing the impact of flooding throughout West Africa and also in Uganda.
In Uganda, where CCF has been responding to populations displaced by conflict, we are now responding to persons affected by flooding.
By Jane Nandawula Okumu, Communications Manager, CCF-Uganda
Families in Eastern Uganda are facing hardships due to heavy rains over the past two months. Flooding by these rains has destroyed gardens, homes and roads. CCF-communities in Aakum in the Katakwi district and Acowa in Amuria district have been affected by the flooding.
CCF-Uganda's Parent Committees in Acowa and Aakum communities are holding meetings to assess damage and determine priorities.
Lira, Uganda, looks peaceful as the sun drops below the horizon and its pink hues spread across the city. But the calm belies the fact that evening is the prime time for mosquito activity. Since Lira is one of the most densely populated areas of Northern Uganda, it is rife with malaria cases.
CCF's Malaria Project Manager, Rashid Mwesige, said Uganda records at least 328 malaria-related deaths each day. Malaria-based absenteeism from school runs as high as 33 percent in urban areas and 50 percent in rural areas of the country.
By Jennifer Harter, Communications Associate
It was a gathering of the most powerful organizations in the global fight against malaria in one of the most powerful places in the world.
And Christian Children's Fund (CCF) was among those invited to the White House on Wednesday for Malaria Awareness Day.
The Vice President for Global Programs at CCF, Michelle Poulton visited the White House on the organization's behalf for a key event in President Bush's efforts to fight malaria.
Poulton attended the luncheon in the White House Rose Garden for Malaria Awareness Day in …
Reporting by Paul Mayende, CCF-Uganda Staff
Reporting by Paul Mayende, CCF-Uganda Staff
By Paul Mayende, CCF-Uganda Staff
By Paul Mayende, CCF-Uganda Staff
It is quite a cloudy day and almost three hours after sun rise. We are walking through the Bbiina community visiting families and receiving updates from the mothers regarding their childcare activities.
The community is 12 kilometers east of Uganda's Capital, Kampala, and one of the numerous suburban communities. The salient characteristics of this area are, among other things, insufficient access to health services and sanitation facilities, resulting in child malnutrition and high infant mortality.
Two aid workers for Christian Children's Fund (CCF) were attacked near Lira in Northern Uganda, where they were working for CCF health programs in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. The attack on CCF staff resulted in two injuries.
In unrelated and subsequent incidents, aid workers from two other international aid organizations were attacked, resulting in two deaths and two injuries.
CCF has suspended all activities in Northern Uganda for one week, pending an investigation of the attacks on nongovernmental organizations.
The two wounded CCF workers, both from Uganda, …
Two aid workers for Christian Children's Fund (CCF) were attacked near Lira in Northern Uganda, where they were working on CCF health programs among internally displaced persons (IDP). The attack on CCF staff resulted in two injuries. In subsequent attacks, aid workers from two other organizations were attacked, resulting in two deaths and two injuries. CCF has suspended all activities in Northern Uganda for one week, pending an investigation of the attacks on non-governmental organizations.
The two wounded CCF workers, both from Uganda, are Patrick Erach, 27, and Nelson Munu, 28.
Christian Children's Fund and other relief agencies are stretched to the limit...
Fifty-five CCF children have recently been abducted from their villages in northern Uganda by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). CCF staff reports indicate that some have returned but others are still unaccounted for to date. The LRA, led by Joseph Kony, has intensified its attacks to include the eastern part of Uganda as well. During this conflict the LRA has abducted more than 20,000 children and forced them to fight as child soldiers or used them for sexual exploitation.
CCF doesn't just hand out water bottles to thirsty children; CCF strives to help create lasting sources of clean water to communities. In Uganda, we have achieved much. But, of course, so much remains to be done.
Owera is 3 years old. His mother is dead and his father is missing. Owera was living with his grandmother, siblings and cousins in Patango, Northern Uganda when the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) attacked nearby and they were forced to flee. Now they are living with other internally displaced people at a mission in Lira.
On September 12, staff from the CCF-Uganda office called to report that the situation in the north of the country has destabilized this summer, and sadly, project staff from 4 projects were reporting that more than 30 CCF-assisted children and/or their siblings were among many children abducted recently by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel forces in northern Uganda.