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23 Feb 2018 description

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Twenty-six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhoea, and hundreds more cases have been registered, an official from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday.

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22 Feb 2018 description

Bilateral donors and the World Bank in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in the first visit of its kind in the Uganda operation

Kyaka, Uganda – UNHCR Representative in Uganda, Bornwell Kantande, officials from Uganda’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Secretariat, and the WFP Country Director in Uganda, Elkhidir Daloum, today concluded a two-day visit to Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, some 200 km from the capital Kampala, accompanying a delegation of development actors.

21 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Between 17th and 20th February, 961 new refugee arrivals entered Uganda from the Democratic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total number of new arrivals since 1st January 2018 to 42,784. 0f them, 27,349 people fled inter-ethnic violence in DRC's Ituri region and entered Uganda across Lake Albert using fishing boats and canoes. Another 15,435 refugees arrived from North Kivu through Uganda's southwestern borders with the DRC, mainly in Kisoro, Kanungu and Ntoroko districts.

21 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 5,796 cholera / AWD cases and 74 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 1.3%) have been reported in 9 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

20 Feb 2018 description

Iraq

There are 3.3 million IDP returnees in Iraq compared with 2.4 million IDPs. Health, protection and shelter needs are the key humanitarian concerns facing these population groups.

20 Feb 2018 description

PREFACE PAR LE COORDONNATEUR RESIDENT

Le Plan de Réponse humanitaire 2018 pour le Burundi vise à alléger les souffrances des populations affectées. Il a été préparé par la communauté humanitaire de manière participative et exhaustive, en consultation avec le Gouvernement du Burundi et les bailleurs de fonds, sur base des informations disponibles dont la collecte a été largement améliorée cette année.

20 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Aid agencies provide assistance and protection to over 5.4 million of people in South Sudan.

• Renewed fighting in multiple locations of Jonglei and Unity forces thousands of people to flee their homes, with some crossing to Ethiopia as refugees.

• Funding appeal for US$1.5 billion launched to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

19 Feb 2018 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

16 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In January 2018, UNICEF has distributed 2,909 cartons of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) across nine counties.

  • A total of 95,757 people (15,321 children under five) were reached with malaria control interventions including indoor residual spraying, distribution of insecticidal treated nets, as well as behaviour change communication.

16 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE – Les violences interethniques qui ravagent depuis le mois de décembre la Province de l’Ituri, au nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont généré d’importants mouvements de population à l’intérieur de la Province ainsi que vers l’Ouganda voisin. L’UNICEF est très préoccupé par la situation des plus de 46.000 enfants qui sont en fuite à cause des violences.

16 Feb 2018 description

Juba, 15 February 2018 – WHO and partners are responding to an influx of more than 15 000 returnees from Uganda and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bungu, Kuli-Papa, Kagwada and Katigiri Counties, former Central Equatoria State South Sudan, since the influx was reported in late January 2018. The influx is stretching the existing humanitarian resources and primary health care services. Since clashes in mid-2016, humanitarian needs in the area have remained high.

15 Feb 2018 description

In January 2018, over 10,000 people fled their homes following clashes reported in multiple locations in Jonglei, including Yuai, Pultruk, Payai, Kuer-nyuon, Pieri, Waat and Walgak. Some crossed to Ethiopia, where 2,300 people registered as refugees in the Gambela region. There were several reports of people returning from displacement camps and refugee settlements in Uganda to locations in Central Equatoria, including Lainya, Kajo-keji, Morobo and Yei, as well as reports of movement from Sudan to Bentiu, Unity.

14 Feb 2018 description

37,806 Refugees received non-food items during the reporting period.

1,016 Refugee new arrivals registered in Unity during the reporting period

2,966 Refugees reached with human rights awareness campaign during the reporting period

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

286,256 Refugees in South Sudan as of 31 January 2018.

1.9 million IDPs in South Sudan including 204,247 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites as of 25 January 2018

13 Feb 2018 description

Myanmar

The humanitarian situation for the Rohingya population in Rakhine state remains highly concerning. Civilians face restricted movement and people are regularly denied access to fields, coastal waters, rivers and markets. This leads to food shortages and risk of starvation. Livestock theft is also reported which further aggravates food insecurity.

13 Feb 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Effects of inter-communal violence between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups that broke out in Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and attacks by Mai-Mai militia in North Kivu started in December 2017, resulted into mass displacement and population movement of people from the DRC to Uganda.

13 Feb 2018 description

Opened in July 2016, Pagirinya settlement hosts more than 32,000 refugees displaced from South Sudan. The humanitarian response across all sectors has now stabilized and is beginning to shift beyond emergency operations. The settlement’s organized, physical design facilitates access to important facilities, including health centers and schools. However, services in many sectors, such as health and nutrition and water, health and sanitation, must be improved to meet the needs of the population.

Gaps & Challenges

13 Feb 2018 description

Originally closed in 2006 after many South Sudanese refugees returned home, Olua I/II was reopened in 2012 to host another influx of South Sudanese refugees fleeing inter-communal violence. Settlement residents, similarly to other refugees in Adjumani district, live in close proximity to Ugandan nationals and share services and institutions with the host community. Although there is relatively peaceful coexistence between communities, refugees face challenging conditions and need more extensive assistance relating to livelihoods opportunities and education in particular.

13 Feb 2018 description

After opening in January 2014, Nyumanzi has become the largest refugee settlement in Adjumani district in terms of population size. Despite their relatively recent arrival, residents are already well-established and a strong community has emerged in which refugee households actively collaborate with each other to share resources. Although many refugees are resilient, gaps in critical sectors, such as education and water, health and santitation, persist and undermine refugees’ ability to cope with their displacement.

Gaps & Challenges

13 Feb 2018 description

Baratuku, initially established in 1991, has hosted successive waves of South Sudanese refugees since the Second Sudanese War. The settlement’s current population is comprised of some South Sudanese refugees from the 1990s, who were not able to return home, and recent arrivals who have fled the country since 2013. Humanitarian organizations have begun to shift from emergency response to stabilization.