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26 Nov 2012 description
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Across the planet, in every society, from the personal to the political, climate change poses a formidable challenge. It’s about restraint; producing and consuming less, sharing more.

19 Nov 2012 description
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With a rapidly growing population, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation and climate change, people’s overall levels of risk to disaster in Uganda are steadily increasing. The Uganda Red Cross, supported by the British Red Cross, has launched a new programme to help communities be better prepared for a range of risks, saving both lives and livelihoods. See photos from the programme.

19 Nov 2012 description
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The Red Cross has responded to a call from the Ugandan Ministry of Disaster Preparedness to provide 50,000 tree seedlings, which will help reforest parts of the Mount Elgon region.

The tree-planting project is part of a new Uganda Red Cross programme, launched in September 2012, to reduce the impact of disasters in the Elgon region. The majority of families depend on the land for their survival, putting pressure on natural resources. Environmental degradation in this region is one of the factors causing more frequent floods and landslides over the last few years.

12 Jul 2012 description
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As the Red Cross continues to help people after a landslide in Uganda, which caused at least 18 deaths on 24 June, heavy rains in the region mean thousands more remain at risk.

The landslide ripped through four villages in Bududa district, burying houses in mud. With visible cracks in the soil and continuing rains, assessments by local Red Cross staff indicate 3,368 people are in imminent danger and need to be relocated immediately.

09 Feb 2012 description
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This week, the Uganda Red Cross began distributing essential household items to 4,000 families recovering from floods and landslides in September 2011.

Heavy rains which caused the disaster resulted in 34 deaths and affected more than 15,600 families whose homes and belongings were damaged or destroyed.

The British Red Cross and Department for International Development (DFID) are supporting the response and have given £244,000 to help communities in Bulambuli, Sironko, Kween, Amuria, Katakwi, Nakapiripirit and Kisoro districts.

Dealing with disasters

20 Jul 2011 description
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1) What is famine?

The UN declared on 20 July that parts of south central Somalia are suffering from famine. When the UN makes this declaration, it means there are very extreme problems that are defined as:

05 Jul 2011 description
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With more than ten million people in the Horn of Africa facing severe drought, the British Red Cross has launched the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.

Very poor rainfall in the Horn of Africa (including Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda) has led to the driest period in 60 years for some areas, leading to crop failures and deaths of livestock.

High and increasing staple food prices (30-80 per cent higher than the five-year average in parts of Kenya) and regional conflict are combining with the weather to make a bad situation even worse.

Lack of food

08 Nov 2008 description
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Following renewed fighting between government troops and the armed opposition in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of people have fled their homes and are in urgent need of temporary shelter, water, food and medical supplies.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called on all parties to the conflict to protect the civilians caught up in the recent escalation of violence in a country that has experienced conflict for decades.

"We are very concerned about the safety of the people who are trapped between the warring …

26 Sep 2008 description
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The Red Cross has distributed 1,300 kits to help pregnant women in northern Ugandan camps for displaced people give birth safely and hygienically.

Called 'mama bags', the kits contain a mosquito net, sterilised medical supplies, nappies and other essential items.

Red Cross volunteers work with communities to identify those in need, explain how to use the items and check that they are using them correctly.

20 Sep 2007 description
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The British Red Cross is sending relief experts to countries across East and West Africa as it launches its Africa Flood appeal to raise funds to help some of the most vulnerable people caught up in the severe flooding in the region.

More than one million people are affected across countries including Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. The unusually heavy rains have displaced cattle and destroyed crops leaving whole communities vulnerable and extremely short of food.

01 Mar 2007 description
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The fragile ceasefire in Northern Uganda ended at midnight last night (28/02/07) leaving the future for millions of Ugandans hanging in the balance.

27 Apr 2005 description
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The British Red Cross is helping to provide vital relief to families in Uganda affected by almost two decades of internal conflict.

The British Red Cross is providing funding to enable the Ugandan Red Cross to distribute essential relief items such as blankets and cooking pots to 35,000 families in the worst affected districts in the north and northeast of the country.

The British Red Cross has supported similar relief efforts since 2002.