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Uganda captures LRA rebel officer, frees 10 hostages

Ugandan troops have captured a fugitive Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel officer and freed 10 hostages, the army said Tuesday, after battles with the elusive jungle insurgents.

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South Sudan: returnees left in limbo

NAIROBI – Some have camped for months waiting for promised transport to South Sudan, others have been and returned, disappointed with life in the world’s newest state.

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Sudan: Bombing the Homeless

Hawa Jundi sat on the ground outside a makeshift shelter where she and her family now live. A violent storm was moving in and lightning streaked toward the earth as the wind began blowing hard against the tarpaulin tied to a frame of sticks.

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Analysis: NGOs’ to-do list for incoming UN relief coordinator

DAKAR – IRIN consulted the heads of some of the largest NGO networks on what they thought should be the top priorities of the incoming UN Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, who is expected to take up her role within two or three months.

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Uganda: Somali militants claim bomb attacks

The death toll following Sunday night’s bomb explosions that ripped through a city restaurant and sports club climbed to 74 yesterday, as reports trickled in that the Somali Islamist militia group, al Shabaab had claimed responsibility for the attacks and now threats Burundi.

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Upstream states challenge Egypt over Nile waters

CAIRO – A water-sharing treaty among five upstream Nile Basin countries – to the exclusion of Egypt and Sudan – has reignited the longstanding dispute over water distribution. Local experts, however, say the agreement will not jeopardise Egypt’s historical share of Nile water.

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