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CONGO-SUDAN: First batch of Sudanese returnees arrive home

KHARTOUM, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The first batch of 10,000 Sudanese refugees who have lived in the Central African Republic for 16 years arrived home this week following a recent agreement between the two governments and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.Full report

SUDAN: Dinka IDPs start returning to the south

Photo: UNICEF/Georgina Cranston

NAIROBI, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Some 376 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Sudan's Dinka ethnic group have returned to the southern town of Bor from the regional capital, Juba, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full report

UGANDA: LRA's Joseph Kony now in DRC, says military

KAMPALA, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The leader of the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, has crossed over to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from his hideout in southern Sudan, the Ugandan military has said. Full report

SUDAN: Hundreds in need of help as diarrhoea kills 12 in Yei

NAIROBI, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - At least 12 people, two of them children, have died from an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea in the southern Sudanese town of Yei, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. Full report

UGANDA: UNICEF calls for renewed effort to end suffering in the north

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KAMPALA, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - There is a need for new ideas and a fresh resolve to end the suffering of children in northern Uganda, a top official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. Full report

SUDAN: Security Council urges Annan to begin planning AMIS transition

NAIROBI, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The United Nations Security Council has asked the Secretary-General to begin contingency planning on options for the possible transition from an African Union-led mission to a UN operation in the strife-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur. Full report

EASTERN AFRICA: Millions facing critical food shortages

NAIROBI, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - An estimated 11 million people in East Africa and the Horn of Africa continue to face critical food shortages brought on by drought and non-natural factors, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said. Full report

SUDAN: AU condemns Darfur attacks, demands disarmament of militias

KHARTOUM, 3 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the recent escalation of attacks by rebels and Arab Janjawid militia in the western Sudanese Darfur region and has demanded that those perpetrating the violence be disarmed immediately. Full report

KENYA: Finance minister resigns amid graft scandal

NAIROBI, 2 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Kenyan finance minister David Mwiraria has resigned following claims of corruption involving high-ranking government officials but maintained that allegations against him are false. Full report

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-SUDAN: Thousands of Sudanese to return home by April

BANGUI, 2 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Some 5,000 Sudanese refugees living in the Central African Republic could return home by April following the signing of a tripartite agreement between the two governments and the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the agency said. Full report


Year in Brief and Review for East Africa

KENYA: Year in Review 2005 - Searching for a constitution

UGANDA: Year in Review 2005 - Rebel activity and political upheaval

IRIN Special Reports for East Africa

KENYA: HIV/AIDS a major health issue in western region

SUDAN: South largely unprepared for returnee influx

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for East Africa

SUDAN: Tackling harmful traditions through children's drama

SUDAN: Donor support key to post-war reconstruction

KENYA: Pastoralists starve as drought kills livestock

SUDAN: Interview with Bob Turner, UNMIS head of Returns, Reintegration and Recovery

Internet links

Sudan Information Gateway website

Slavery, Abduction and Forced Servitude in Sudan

US Policy Towards Sudan - US Department of State

Tanzania On-line Information Centre

Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organisations

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