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13 Dec 2018 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 12 December 2018

The European Commission has adopted eleven new programmes for the Horn of Africa under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

13 Dec 2018 description

Foreword

Today, the humanitarian system is under unprecedented strain. Whether due to natural or human-induced crises, the disasters unfolding across the world are not only more frequent, they are also more complex.

The international humanitarian community is increasingly faced with the need to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and crises that are characterized by a combination of multiple and compounding vulnerabilities.

13 Dec 2018 description

PEOPLE IN NEED 7.1M

PEOPLE TARGETED 5.7M

REQUIREMENTS (US$) 1.5B

NUMBER OF HUMANITARIAN PARTNERS 183 (11 UN, 67 INGOs, 105 LNGOs)

FOREWORD BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR

13 Dec 2018 description
report IRIN

“There are tough, tough times ahead”

Sam Mednick

It has been exactly half a decade since armed men stormed Matok Kuol’s home and murdered his family. The images of their bullet-riddled bodies remain singed in his memory.

“I’m not okay in my head,” explained Kuol, 23, speaking at the UN-run displacement camp in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, where he now lives. “I’m always stressed.”

Read the full story on IRIN.

07 Dec 2018 description

by Michael R. Snyder

Last week, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reached a sobering milestone by becoming the second largest Ebola outbreak in history, second only to the 2014–16 epidemic in West Africa. There were 453 total cases and 268 deaths in the affected provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) situation report issued December 5.

06 Dec 2018 description

Key Figures
- 119,724: Identified Persons with specific needs
- 34,354: Number of members of community structures (estimated)

Achievements in 2018
- 209,059: Number of PoC with psychosocial needs receiving psychological support
- 6,300: Number of people trained on community leadership and decision making

20 Nov 2018 description

KAMPALA – A group of Somali leaders have benefitted from an intensive five-day leadership skills development course, aimed at improving their competencies in leadership.

The course, held at the National Farmers Leadership Centre in Mpigi district, in Uganda, familiarized the participants who are members of the Somali National Commission on Mobilization and Sensitization – a statutory agency mandated to mobilize Somali publics to support state programmes and institutions – with the principle aspects of leadership, needed to carry out their duties.

14 Nov 2018 description

Between August and October this year, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) held meetings on Libya, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, South Sudan, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Darfur and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Very few new initiatives, however, were launched. In some cases, such as Burundi, the PSC again called for action by the region – in this instance, the East African Community (EAC) – and in others, such as the CAR, it expressed support for the African Union (AU) initiative in the country.

13 Nov 2018 description
report IRIN

Millions forced from their homes by the conflict need to be heard

More than four million South Sudanese, a third of the country’s population, have been forced to flee their homes during the last five years. Without an effort to include their views – not just those of the country’s political elite – lasting peace will be difficult to achieve.

Read the full report on IRIN.

13 Nov 2018 description

Executive Summary

In September 2018, South Sudanese political and armed actors signed a new peace agreement after months of negotiations between parties to the defunct 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) and other groups that had since been created. While hailed by some as a significant step forward, the deal is clearly fragile. Fighting has since continued in parts of the country and some parties have reconsidered their support for the deal.

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

07 Nov 2018 description

WHY POSITIVE PEACE IS TRANSFORMATIONAL

19 Oct 2018 description

Clarifying the roles of the African Union (AU) and subregional organisations is a central element of the AU reforms. It is key in terms of managing expectations about what the AU can or cannot do, as well as coordinating Africa’s responses to avoid duplication of efforts. But this issue is also divisive, and it is unclear whether AU member states will reach a concrete decision on a division of labour at the upcoming extraordinary summit on reforms in Addis Ababa on 17 November.

15 Oct 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JONATHAN KAMOGA

A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.

The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.

The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.

09 Oct 2018 description

Africa needs inclusive health and educational systems that eliminate the stigma around mental illness.

By Stellah Kwasi

The negative impact of armed conflict on the mental health of combatants is well documented. But it wasn’t until about two decades ago that literature on the effect of conflict on civilians began emerging.

08 Oct 2018 description

SG/SM/19281

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Said Djinnit, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, to the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Uganda, today:

08 Oct 2018 description

Minister for Africa deepens political ties and increases support for refugees and education, on a visit to Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia

Harriett Baldwin, Foreign Office and DFID Minister for Africa, visited East Africa 4-7 October, travelling to Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia, including the Somaliland region.

Uganda

02 Oct 2018 description

MARTIN SIBA

In the village of Akrogbode, grandmother Ana Mario is collecting clean water from a borehole for her family.

She has defied the fear and trauma caused by the ongoing conflict in this Western Equatorian community to remain with her family while hundreds of others have fled. Many have crossed nearby borders as refugees to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and the Central African Republic.