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President Museveni commends security forces for a job well done

President Museveni commends security forces for a job well done

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, KENYA, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA
NAMUGOGO, Uganda Uganda's  President Yoweri Museveni has saluted security forces in the country for a job well done by ensuring maximum security at Namugongo Martyrs Shrines as the country marked the annual Martyrs pilgrimage where multitudes of people from Uganda and congregated to commemorate the occasion. "At a place where there is a very big gathering like here today, where all sorts of people including bad people and criminals also join in, I thank security forces that ensured the celebrations have ended peacefully today," the President said. Mr. Museveni was addressing pilgrims at the Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine on 3rd June after he and his wife, Janet Museveni, had earlier attended prayers at the neighbouring Church of Uganda Shrine.   The celebrations at
President Museveni pledges help to COU over threats to attach Church House

President Museveni pledges help to COU over threats to attach Church House

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA
NAMUGOGO, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has given assurances to the Church of Uganda that no one will take away Church House from the Church as long as he is still alive. The President, accompanied by the 1st Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, was speaking at the Anglican Shrine in Namugongo, Wakiso District during the annual Uganda Martyrs’ celebrations. Kigezi Diocese led the celebrations for this year’s Martyrs’ Day celebrations.     President Museveni said he had seen media reports to the effect that the Anglican Church risked losing the multi-billion Church House building located in Kampala City Centre to businessmen. “I saw in the news today that you have issues with the Church House. They want to steal it from you. Archbishop Orom
Thousands of men, women and children caught between the frontlines are unable to reach essential food, water and healthcare

Thousands of men, women and children caught between the frontlines are unable to reach essential food, water and healthcare

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South Sudan Thousands of people caught between the frontlines in South Sudan are unable to reach basic services including food, water and essential healthcare says the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF). Since the end of April, the conflict-ravaged counties of Leer and Mayendit in the north of South Sudan have once again been wracked by violence. Men, women and children are enduring extreme levels of violence, including mass rapes and killings. Villages have been looted and burned down, health facilities have been attacked and food reserves and other possessions have been destroyed. “They entered the village at six o’clock in the morning, when we were still sleeping. We woke up and ran. We didn’t have the time to take
Law enforcement examine ways to tackle Sexual and Gender Based Violence in South Sudan

Law enforcement examine ways to tackle Sexual and Gender Based Violence in South Sudan

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South SudanForty judges, investigators, prosecutors and social workers countrywide, among them seven women, started a five-day training in Juba – Landmark Hotel - to enhance and upgrade their professional competences in dealing with Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases in South Sudan. The training, funded by the Kingdom of Netherlands, is being organized by UNDP’s Access to Justice project in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the South Sudan National Police Service and Judiciary of South Sudan. “This training represents an intention to upscale the competencies relating to prevention of SBGV and to enhance competencies of stakeholders including social workers, police, investigators, prosecutors and judges.  The intention is to l
UNAMID deeply concerned about recent attacks on IDP camps in Central Darfur

UNAMID deeply concerned about recent attacks on IDP camps in Central Darfur

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH SUDAN
NORTH DARFUR: Sudan The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)has exprerssed deep concern about recent attacks on three different internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Central Darfur state, which took place between 21 and 23 May 2018, resulting in a number of civilian fatalities and injuries among IDPs. Recent incidents were reported at Khamsa Dagaig, Ardayba and Jedda IDP camps. While the prime responsibility of protecting civilians rests with the Government of Sudan, UNAMID shall continue to collaborate with the relevant government authorities The Mission reminds all parties involved that IDP camps are considered humanitarian space which should be free of weapons, where displaced people must not be subjected to threats, harassmen
UNHCR suspends resettlement programme from Sudan as fraud probe gathers steam

UNHCR suspends resettlement programme from Sudan as fraud probe gathers steam

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
GENEVA, Switzerland The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is temporarily suspending its refugee resettlement programme from Sudan in connection with two ongoing investigations launched in February and March by the organization’s independent Inspector General’s Office. A separate anti-fraud and integrity support mission is expected to be deployed shortly. “At present we are still dealing with allegations, based on reports that have come from refugees. Nonetheless these are worrying and the integrity of the Sudan resettlement programme has to be assured beyond any doubt,” said UNHCR Representative for Sudan Noriko Yoshida. “Should wrongdoing be confirmed, those responsible can expect the consequences to be severe.” Resettlement is one of the three main soluti
UNMISS boosts protection for civilians targeted by warring parties in Unity

UNMISS boosts protection for civilians targeted by warring parties in Unity

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South SudanUp to 150 peacekeepers are being rapidly redeployed to the Unity region to boost the UN Mission’s efforts to protect civilians being deliberately targeted by warring parties. “What we are witnessing on the ground is the deliberate killing of civilians as well as the sexual violation and abduction of women and children. Homes and livelihoods are being systematically destroyed in a way that prevents families returning to their homes and being able to support themselves,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer. He added “Our fresh deployment will enable peacekeeping troops to patrol deeper to reach remote villages where the worst atrocities are taking place to create a protective presence
UN Humanitarian chief calls for more aid to 7.1 million vulnerable people in Sudan

UN Humanitarian chief calls for more aid to 7.1 million vulnerable people in Sudan

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
KHARTOUM, SudanAt the end of a three day mission to Sudan, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has urged the international community to step up support to the humanitarian response to 7.1 million vulnerable people and invest in the country’s social-economic development. He stressed that unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need across Sudan is critical for the delivery of relief. During his mission, Mr. Lowcock met Government officials and humanitarian partners, and visited settlements for internally displaced persons in Murta and Kulba in South Kordofan. “Millions of people face serious and growing humanitarian needs. Many have suffered for the past 15 years, but we cannot let them slide back into a situation where they become completely depe