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12 Dec 2017 description
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After an afternoon drizzle, Ephraim Muhereza carefully scouts his three-acre banana plantation in Gayaza, Wakiso district, plucking male buds from trees. This will stop his plants from catching the notorious banana bacterial wilt, which has destroyed many farms in Uganda.

“We have been told that to reduce the spread of the wilt. We have to cut them so that bees that visit them don’t spread the disease,” he says.

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04 Sep 2017 description
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So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

17 Aug 2017 description
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As the number of people fleeing across the border passes the million mark, Jason Burke meets the strangers forging family units to replace those splintered by war

This, then, is a family. There is 23-year-old Gloria Keoji, the only adult, and six children. The oldest is 17, the youngest three months. There are five girls and a boy. The ties that bind them are made more of blood spilt than blood shared but, they insist, they are a family nonetheless.

03 Jul 2017 description
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Larry Elliott

Imagine, if you will, a city the size of Birmingham with a population of a million or so. Now imagine that a disaster has befallen that metropolis, a brutal war that has caused its citizens to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. Picture the lines of refugees heading west to find a place of safety, which they eventually find across the border in Wales. There, despite severe financial constraints, the million displaced people are met with warmth and generosity.

22 May 2017 description
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Country has seen nearly a million incomers from South Sudan alone

Dazed and exhausted, Joyce Mori sits on the floor cradling her sleeping daughter as they wait to have their fingerprints taken. One of 1,600 refugees who have arrived at the Imvepi reception centre in the West Nile region of northern Uganda, she has finally made it out of South Sudan’s war but, like many others, is thinking about loved ones left behind.

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03 Apr 2017 description
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A compassionate refugee policy has led Uganda to welcome 800,000 people escaping conflict and famine in South Sudan. But the strain is starting to show

24 Jan 2017 description
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Bidi Bidi camp was opened six months ago but already hosts a fifth of all the South Sudanese fleeing violence and hunger in their home country

Moses Roba still has the scar on his face from when the glass shattered. It runs around the outside of his right eye, starting at the tip of his eyebrow and curving down to the top of his cheekbone. He got it, he says, when rebels opposed to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir attacked his car near his home in the small border town of Nimule. The rebels wanted to steal the vehicle, he claims. But he said no.

29 Aug 2016 description
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Hundreds of unaccompanied minors are among the 80,000 people who have fled to Uganda since July, when civil hostilities resumed in South Sudan

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20 Aug 2016 description
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Anna Patton

The country’s unusual open policy gives refugees land, education and a chance to work – but instability in neighbouring nations is putting pressure on resources

When they fled to Kampala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2008, Robert Hakiza’s family had food for two months. “The third month was a disaster,” he says. By May, though, his mother and two sisters were out making money. “My sister started selling necklaces,” he says. “At one point, she was keeping the entire family of eight.”

04 Jul 2016 description
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Holly Young

Being caught in a humanitarian crisis with a disability can lead to abandonment and neglect. How can we make humanitarian response more inclusive?

When the shooting started Simplice Lenguy told his wife to take their children and run. It was 5 December 2013, and the war in Central African Republic (CAR) had arrived on his doorstep. “I couldn’t go fast with my canes and I didn’t want them to wait for me,” says Simplice. “All our friends and relatives had already fled in fear.”

10 Feb 2016 description
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By Aidan McQuade

Child labour is, unhappily, sometimes the best option available for very poor families. Yet when children are enslaved, no one cares for their best interests

29 Jan 2016 description
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By Rosalind Malcolm

How do you provide a safe place to go in informal settlements in Kenya and Uganda where land ownership is often disputed or vague?

Adequate sanitation is a human right, recognised by the UN. But for the 2.4 billion people with nowhere to go safely, how does that right become a reality? Kenya and Uganda have different approaches yet, despite political commitment in both countries, they are some way off the goal of ensuring sanitation for all.

07 Oct 2015 description
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As World Health Organisation recommends antiretrovirals for all HIV patients, Uganda nets success in the Ssese islands with early treatment programme

Three years ago, Mablice Karuhanga was broke and bored. Then 27, he had lost his parents suddenly and with them his ties to the rural community in south-western Uganda where he lived. He decided to head east – to the Ssese islands in Lake Victoria – where he hoped to earn a living as a fisherman.

09 Jul 2015 description
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Four years after South Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011, conflict has forced tens of thousands across the border into Uganda, where they are given assistance and encouraged to abandon any ethnic animosity

When fighting broke out in December 2013 in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, it spread rapidly toward the country’s north-east – directly towards John Aleu’s home. He wanted no part of the conflict and hoped the remoteness of his village in northern Jonglei state would insulate him.

24 Mar 2015 description
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With Uganda expecting 60,000 new cases of TB a year, small private clinics in the slums of Kampala have become the focus for fighting the disease

25 Mar 2014 description
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Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

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05 Dec 2013 description
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African trypanosomiasis currently puts 70 million people at risk. Though control efforts have produced good results, there can be no elimination without wider health system reforms.

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02 Dec 2013 description
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Researchers are pioneering treatments on the continent, for health challenges unique to the continent – but despite the successes African research institutions continue to lag behind

Professor Yasien Sayed, at Wits University in Johannesburg, recently celebrated a colossal advance in the study of HIV. Big pharma doesn't differentiate between the strain of HIV caught by people living in sub-Saharan Africa and the strains caught in Europe and America. This is a major problem because the virus itself is continent-specific.

07 Nov 2013 description
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US welcomes ceasefire in eastern DRC as civilians return to war-ravaged towns and villages following two decades of conflict

An uneasy calm has descended over the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after M23 rebels called an end to a near-two-year revolt after the army's capture of their two remaining strongholds in the villages of Tshanzu and Runyoni before dawn.

29 Aug 2013 description
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An estimated 75,000 people were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda between 1986 and 2006. The fate of thousands remains unknown. In Palabek sub-county, the International Committee of the Red Cross launched a programme to assist grieving families of the missing, culminating in a remembrance ceremony in Kamama village. Photographer Phil Moore attended.

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