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30 Nov 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:16 GMT
Author: Alex Whiting

LONDON, Nov 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Juliet Nalumu, overjoyed at her first pregnancy, visited her local hospital in eastern Uganda for a check-up, it turned into one of the worst days of her life.

She found out she was HIV positive. "All the joy and happiness disappeared."

Lonely, and terrified of telling her husband of two years, the 26-year-old decided to keep it a secret.

20 Jun 2014 description
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Source: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42 GMT
Author: Shifa Mwesigye

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The past six years have been a nightmare for Harriet Nakibuule, a widow and mother of seven. When her husband died from HIV-related illnesses on Oct. 12, 2008, Harriet’s in-laws stormed her house, set her property on fire and sold chunks of her farm.

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13 May 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 12 May 2014 02:32 PM
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young children are being left behind in Kenya while their parents are deported or sent to camps, rights groups said, as police have rounded up thousands of immigrants in an anti-terrorist operation.

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08 Apr 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:00 PM
Author: Pius Sawa

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, who farm some of the least fertile land on the continent, have developed a training manual to encourage more sustainable farming practices among millions of African Muslims facing a threat to their food security from climate change.

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27 Feb 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:00 PM
Author: Alex Whiting

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Several Western governments have announced cuts in aid to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality.

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18 Dec 2012 description
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LONDON (AlertNet) - Ali, a Somali refugee living in Uganda's capital Kampala, has a thriving mini-supermarket selling rice, canned food, ice cream and soap among other items, while Martin, a Congolese refugee, runs a busy tailor’s shop.

The two men are lucky because Uganda allows refugees to work as part of a “self-reliance” strategy based on the simple logic that this is better for the host nation’s economy than putting them into camps where they have to rely on aid handouts.

10 Oct 2012 description
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By Katie Nguyen

LONDON (AlertNet) - Some refuse to sleep indoors, preferring to camp in the open even after they have returned home from the bush. Others eat raw food, unable to stomach hot meals.

For children kidnapped from remote Congolese villages by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels from northern Uganda, there's also anger, sleeplessness and sadness to cope with when they are finally reunited with their families.

Read the full story on AlertNet.

01 Oct 2012 description
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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:15 GMT
Source: Alertnet // Laurie Goering

By Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) - A shortage of job opportunities has slowed migration from rural to urban areas in many parts of Africa over the last two decades, and has even reversed it in a few cases, an expert on African demography says.

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17 Sep 2012 description
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By Isaiah Esipisu

ADDIS ABABA (AlertNet) – In the sprawling estate of Gurara on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, women farmers are busy working on a two-hectare plot where they grow fruit and vegetables.

The piece of land allocated to the Gurara Women’s Association by the government is a source of income for some 200 city dwellers.

31 Oct 2011 description
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31 Oct 2011 17:29 Source: Alertnet // George Esunge Fominyen

By George Esunge Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Thousands of women and girls who have been abducted by armed groups, enslaved and repeatedly raped during conflicts across Africa are left without support when the war ends, experts say.

After the bullets have stopped flying, peacekeepers and governments focus on disarming fighters – who are usually men and boys - and helping them to return home and reintegrate into their communities.

20 Oct 2011 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Attempts to end years of conflict in the Central African Republic have failed because of the lack of coordination between national and international forces dealing with the situation, says the lead author of an Amnesty International report released on Thursday.

Godfrey Byaruhanga, Amnesty’s Central Africa researcher, says serious human rights violations including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity are still being committed by local and foreign armed groups operating in the country.

09 Jul 2011 description
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LONDON (AlertNet) - Aid agencies have come out in force in recent days, launching appeals for funds to help them deal with the impact of a severe drought in the Horn of Africa.

Many people seeing the adverts in newspapers and on TV will be wondering why it's happening all over again. And some might even ask themselves, just how bad is it? AlertNet has an overview.

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29 Apr 2011 description
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By Barry Malone and Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, April 29 (Reuters) - Two people were killed on Friday and at least 90 injured as police fired live bullets and teargas to try to quell protests across the Ugandan capital over the arrest of an opposition leader.

Kizza Besigye, who was defeated by President Yoweri Museveni in a February presidential election, was detained on Thursday for the fourth time this month during a protest against high food and fuel prices.

13 Dec 2010 description
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KITSI, Uganda (AlertNet) - On the slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, residents are fighting back against the effects of climate change, trying to avert a repeat of landslides that washed away three villages and displaced thousands earlier this year.

Many are planting trees and reintroducing crops to prevent soil erosion, and coming up with innovative ways to store water, cook and refrigerate vegetables that preserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The measures are essential in an area where a combination of poor land use and the effects of climate …

01 Jun 2010 description
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01 Jun 2010 12:35:00 GMT

Written by: Frank Nyakairu

KAMPALA (AlertNet) - Six years after Ugandan rebels torched her home in an attack that killed dozens of people, Mildred Akello and her only surviving daughter, Evelyn, are still haunted by the terror of that night.

Akello suffered burns on over 70 percent of her body. Despite several operations, the scars remain etched on her skin restricting her movements so that she is barely able to dig in the fields or wash her clothes.

"I don't sleep.

04 May 2010 description
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Written by: Frank Nyakairu

NAIROBI, AlertNet - Unusually heavy rainfall brought about by the El Nino season has killed hundreds and displaced thousands in the east and the Horn of Africa, worrying aid agencies who say the weather is becoming more unpredictable and destructive.

Since the beginning of the year, the rains have caused flooding and landslides in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.

"The patterns of rainfall have changed and are becoming destructive to livelihoods," Nelly Muluka, spokeswoman for the Kenya Red Cross Society, told AlertNet.

She said 100 people had …

03 Mar 2010 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes by violence in Central African Republic are living through a dire humanitarian tragedy unnoticed and without support from the international community, the head of the U.N.

22 Feb 2010 description
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Written by: Frank Nyakairu

NAIROBI (AlertNet) - Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned that an outbreak of sleeping sickness in Democratic Republic of Congo's Haut-Uele province could become an epidemic, with more than 10,000 people suffering from the parasitic disease.

The symptoms of sleeping sickness, which is spread by tsetse flies, include confusion and poor coordination, as well as disturbance of the sleep cycle, which gives the disease its name. Without treatment, sleeping sickness is fatal.

The disease is only found in sub-Saharan Africa, most …

12 Jan 2010 description
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Written by: AlertNet correspondent

LONDON (AlertNet) - Amid frequent headlines about conflict-ridden Somalia, Afghanistan and Sudan, it is easy to overlook less well publicised emergencies in other parts the world. Yet some of these forgotten crises are likely to intensify in 2010, aggravating human suffering.

Here is a selection of some of the under-reported humanitarian emergencies at risk of deteriorating this year.

09 Nov 2009 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Ugandan rebels have repeatedly attacked civilian populations in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of a joint Ugandan-Congolese military operation against them almost a year ago.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Haut Uele and Bas Uele districts have fled their homes fearing brutal reprisals from Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) guerrillas, and insecurity is making it difficult for aid groups to reach those in need.

Here are some questions and answers about the neglected humanitarian situation in …