Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2009

Uganda / Return of internally displaced persons is proceeding across northern Uganda

 


 

Uganda / Return of internally displaced persons is proceeding across northern Uganda

 

KAMPALA, Uganda, March 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

In Uganda, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the return of internally displaced persons is proceeding across northern Uganda, with only 30 per cent of original IDPs [internally displaced persons] remaining in camps as of February 2009.  That’s a 9 per cent decrease since November 2008.

 

And according to newly-released figures, some 79,000 more people returned to their villages of origin in the north in the three months since 1 December 2008 — either from the IDP camps or from transit sites.

 

Meanwhile, in the north-eastern Karamoja region, general food distributions under the largest emergency food distribution operation ever conducted in the region began within limited locations.  This emergency operation aims to provide food rations to more than 80 per cent of the region’s population over the next nine months.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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