The West Nile Region comprises of 9 unique districts with a diversity in history, people, and culture. Click the links to learn more about the individual districts.
West Nile is fast becoming a tourist destination in East Africa, offering visitors a myriad of exploration and relaxation sites.
WEST NILE. In an operation undertaken by National Drug Authority (NDA) from Monday to Friday this week, a total of 102 drug shops were closed in the West Nile region.
On this cold Sunday morning usually reserved for rest and worship for the Christian folk where I belong, I had to be particularly prepared to move....................
WEST NILE. A religious sect in Akworo sub-county in Nebbi district blocked the Measles-rubella and Polio immunization campaign, Mr Moses Mwishaka the regional coord......
What a scenery! What a land scape! (echo), this is beautiful! Our team murmured in endless choruses as the van moved about this exhilarating landscape.
In his white overcoat Amos Econi, 21, who barely uses his legs for mobility beams with a smile.
NEBBI. Following the increase of teenage pregnancy in the greater Nebbi, Alur Kingdom with support from plan international Uganda is set to enact a marriage ordinance to help regulate marriage in the kingdom.
The West Nile region has for long been regarded as a potential tourist destination only bogged down by a combination of poor infrastructure and civil instability.
ARUA. Matugga based Bright stars FC fought hard to hold Onduparaka FC to a goalless draw at green light stadium in Arua in a game that was devoid of many chances.
YUMBE/MOYO. The continuous cattle raiding and abduction along Uganda- South Sudan border is said to be fuelling conflict and insecurity between the two neighbours.
ARUA. The community empowerment for rural development (CEFORD), a non-governmental organization operating in West Nile has raised concern over the increasing rate of child labour in the region.
The first edition of the Cere festival didn’t live to the billing in all fairness, organizers, partners and every stakeholder agrees to this assertion.
Youthful Ms Gladys Bako from Mundru village, Maracha district visibly spoke with much pain and anger “today you people should thoroughly educate these men, all they want is to produce..........
TEREGO. The corona virus task force in Terego district has directed the case management team to streamline the budget framework needed by donors to offer support for management of COVID-19 pandemic.
ARUA. An influential whatsapp group of West Nilers and its well-wishers code named “West Nile Voice” (WNV) is using its reach network of members to raise money for the vulnerable people for the 11 districts of the region during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
ARUA. A cross section of stake holders have agreed to coordinate efforts to restore the environment in the refugee hosting districts of West Nile.
West Nile Web today announced the appointment of Diana Santiago as its Managing Director effective June 1st, 2018.
WEST NILE. The principal judge of Uganda, Justice Flavian Zeija has identified the location of court premises far from each other as a major factor obstructing people’s quest in accessing justice in the West Nile region.
ARUA. Muni University chairperson of appointments board, Prof. Peter Okidi Lating has challenged Ugandan Universities to design and regulate their engineering courses so as to improve the quality of engineers produced in the country.
WEST NILE. Different farmer groups across West Nile region have received government of Uganda tractors under national agricultural advisory services (NAADS) with an ultimate goal of improving mechanization.
WEST NILE. The police have cautioned female students to stay away from married men as they embark on the second term holidays.
ARUA. The first lady Ms Janet Kataaha Museveni has cautioned the youth against the increasing culture of violence which she said may destroy their future if not controlled.
The events that unfolded during the two games played between West Nile and Acholi provinces have been mouthwatering to say the least.
ARUA. At its inception, the Federation of Uganda football association (FUFA) envisaged a tournament that sought to reflect ancestry, cultural heritage and a general sense of belonging.
ARUA. The family of former Ugandan vice president Late Gen Mustafah Idris and West Nile effort for Museveni, a pressure group have renewed their support to president Yoweri Museveni led government ahead of 2021 general elections.
NAKASEKE. The leaders from the West Nile region have joined their farmers in calling upon the government to consider reviving the defunct cooperative unions in the area.
WEST NILE. An order by President Yoweri Museveni directing the nomadic herdsmen to vacate the West Nile region has elapsed with many of them citing lack of vaccination for foot and mouth disease for their failure to leave.
When Ms. Brenda Adakuru lost her father in 2003, she was only 13 years old. She was forced to drop out of school before finishing P.7 due to lack of support.
KOBOKO. For Ms Brenda Bako Molly, a resident of Godia cell, West division, Koboko municipality, there is no reason for change yet in the constituency since Ms Evelyn Anite, the municipality member of parliament and state minister for investment has exceeded the fulfilment of her manifesto she presented when she was elected in 2016.
FEATURE. As soon as an announcement is made over a mega phone by the community leader, members from within the refugee and host community in Tika 4 zone emerge from different villages to receive food aid.
Ms Abier Granga, in her 60s is one of the refugees in Tika 4 zone who came to Uganda in 2014; she is among the beneficiaries of the supplementary food aid provided by Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG).
Abier has six dependents that depend on her for food and other necessities of life.
“The flour I have received today, I will use it to prepare porridge every morning for my family in order to wait for the evening food out of the ration from WFP '' Ms Abier Garang, a refugee at Tika 4 zone said.
This supplementary food aid from PAG, a non-governmental organization with funding from Emergence Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO) and Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB), targets vulnerable groups including pregnant and lactating women and people with special needs.
Since 2017, the PAG Supplementary Feeding project is being implemented in villages of Ofua, Omugo and Tika 4 zones and 5 health centres of Rhino Camp Refugee settlement in Terego and Madi-Okollo districts supporting up to 2,250 refugees and host communities.
The project was primarily launched to supplement the small quantity provided under the World food program with reports indicating that Tika 4 zone is the worst hit by malnutrition in the settlement.
Mr Gideon Angu-erini, the in-charge at Ofua Health Centre III confirms that many refugees and members of the community have been coming to the health facility, without knowing that they suffer from malnutrition.
And this is the point when they are identified and later categorized based on the level of malnutrition they have so that they receive the supplementary food assistance from the health centre with support of partners like PAG.
Ajio Lydia, Beatrice Adania and Ayikoru Gloria are lactating mothers from the host community who complain that the burden to fend for their families rests on them due to negligence of their husbands, a case often reported in these remote communities.
“I thank PAG for the help through this supplementary food and I wish more kilograms are added” says Ms Ajio Lydia, a member of the host community in Abiri viallge, Tika zone said.
Ms Mary Achol, an expectant refugee mother added “I really want to appreciate PAG because what we receive, supplements the ration given by UNHCR. Because of the food ration cut, what PAG gives helps us to finish the two months. Sometimes we take porridge until the time for food ration distribution by WFP”
The refugee’s families are only given 50 sq. meter pieces of land which restricts their ability to produce enough food for consumption unless an agreement is reached with the land owners from the host community.
Local leaders have called for more investment in the host community if the refugees are to obtain sufficient and sustainable support.
Local Council one chairman of Abir village, Mr James Asiku Omia noted that the main occupation of the locals in the area is fishing, an activity that makes them to have less concentration on crop production which has affected availability of food for the increased population with refugees.
Mr Feni Twaib, the chairman for West Nile Humanitarian Platform, a body that brings together all humanitarian actors in the region believes that reduced food rations by WFP has had adverse impact on the refugees and he is calling on government to join the development partners in lobbying for more support for the vulnerable refugees and members of the host community.
However, despite the call for more support, Mr Denis Mbaguta, the Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement Camp Commandant, expresses concern on possibilities that WFP may further cut the food ration hence increasing fears that the situation may worsen.
“From 100 per cent food ration, now it has been reduced to 60 per cent for a period of two months, most of which is finished within one month. This can best be overcome with skilling of the two communities and venturing into sustainable livelihood activities”, Mbaguta says.
In light of the challenges, the government of Uganda sees the solution to the food shortage in long term planning for both the refugees and the host community as opposed to short-term food handouts. Many refugees decided to go till land up the border, amidst the security threats.
“I must say that WFP reduced the food ration because of the amount of support they get from donors. This is a big challenge to us because the amount of land the refugees get is also small to carry better agriculture for self-sufficiency and this has affected the nutritional status of the refugees. Over a half of our people are malnourished”, Mr Solomon Osakan, the refugee desk officer at the office of Prime Minister Arua says.
While calling upon WFP not to reduce food rations further, Osakan urged partners to continue seeking for funding in order to support refugees and host community in this situation and encouraged traders to take food sales to the settlements in form of tarred fair in order to avert challenges of mobility
Mr Solomon Osakan, the OPM Arua refugee desk officer.
Terego District Chairman, Mr Wilfred Saka stresses that feeding challenges in the camps has been evident because of subsistence farming by host communities.
Saka expressed worries that people’s vulnerability in the camps has intensified as low attention by relevant organs has been given to face the challenges, adding that conditions of members of the host community are worse than that of the refugees.
He appealed for more investment in the local communities through livelihood enhancement programs by partners so that both refugees and the locals can sustain food production for themselves.
Mr Wilfred Saka, the Terego district chairman.
The stance for a long-term solution to food insecurity in the settlements is reiterated by PAG emergence coordinator Mr Moses Shesmond Esalu who says transitioning into livelihood projects is a better solution
Sheshmond believes that giving CSC plus is not a sustainable option rather than being a quick relief to those at the risk of malnutrition in order to regain.
He thinks transitioning into livelihood projects can be a better option to giving the CSC plus so that the beneficiaries can sustain their own nutritional cycles.
“Giving CSC Plus is not a sustainable option. In the next phase of the project, we are looking into transitioning into livelihood support. We believe that by supporting them with livelihood interventions will be a long term intervention to challenges of malnutrition”, Esalu says.
Since 2013, over 1 million South Sudanese have fled the civil war into neighboring Uganda, these together with their Ugandan hosts have benefited from different projects from humanitarian partners including the food donations from PAG.
But with no clear indication of when the war could finally stop, partners are increasingly looking at long term solutions that could lead to self-sustainability in the face of reducing donor support.
Mr Moses Shesmond Esalu, the PAG emmergency coordinator.
West Nile. The residents of Nwoya district have resorted to the use of puppets to share information regarding oil and gas in the area.
WEST NILE. For over 15 years, the veterans in the West Nile region have been struggling to work on their files to access their retirement packages.
ARUA. Pawor is an area that could be rightly described as a hard-to-reach sub-county in Arua district. It is located about 39km from Arua town and 29km from Pakwach along Ocoko-Wadelai road.
Mr. Joseph Jurua a.k.a JJ Suru is a music and entertainment hustler who has juggled from hip-hop, Afro and other hard to gauge musical genre to reggae.
KOBOKO. There was excitement among pupils and teachers of various primary schools in Koboko municipality following a decision taken by the area leaders to address the challenge of inadequate toilet facilities in schools.
WEST NILE. Leaders of the West Nile region have tasked their umbrella association of West Nile Development Association (WENDA) to champion a move to end inter-district border conflicts.
MARACHA. Residents in Maracha district have requested Germany Leprosy and TB Relief Association (GLRA) to inject more resources to support people leaving with disabilities (PWDs).
PAKWACH: The residents of Pakwach and other neighbouring districts of West Nile have been urged to embrace vigilance by reporting illegal deforestation and charcoal burning to avert the effects of global warming.
ARUA. Locals in Arua district have been urged to embrace and take the fight against corruption as an individual responsibility.
WEST NILE. Madi and West Nile celebrations of the golden jubilee come just a year after the diocese also celebrated the centenary of the faith in the region.
WEST NILE. Madi and West Nile diocese celebrations of the golden jubilee come just a year after the diocese also celebrated the centenary of the faith in the region.
The migratory quelea birds are dreaded as destructive pests to cereal crops by many communities but to some people in Arua and Maracha districts, the marauding weaver species are...
DRC. The Anglican Bishops of Madi and West Nile diocese in Uganda and the diocese of Aru in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have outlined strategic partnership as the key to Church growth.
Mr Michael Candia who hails from Maracha district always wanted to be a commercial farmer but land shortage kept holding him back.
ARUA. The Ministry of Water and Environment has launched the Albert Nile catchment management plan (CMP) aimed at providing guidance for sustainable development and management of water resources along the Nile belt in West Nile and other parts of Northern Uganda.
ARUA. Local leaders of the West Nile region have been called upon to make demands that have impacts on their people’s development other than mere focusing on getting smaller political units.
ARUA. The officials from Muni University in Arua district have said that the university is all set to conduct the graduation of 92 students this Saturday.
ARUA. Muni University students hailing from the nine districts of West Nile region on Sunday inaugurated their first leadership with the aim of fostering unity to address common challenges.
WEST NILE. The National Drug Authority in the West Nile region has impounded drugs worth Shs 42million from private clinics, drug shops and pharmacies that operate illegally.
ONLINE PANEL DISCUSSION NOT WITHOUT US: STRENGTHENING VICTIM PARTICIPATION IN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE PROCESSES IN UGANDA 24 SEPTEMBER 202011:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EAT)
More than 10 years after the end of the 20-year conflict in Uganda, victims have yet to receive justice and reparations and continue to be mostly
sidelined in the transitional justice processes that affect them, according to Not Without Us, a new report by Emerging Solutions Africa, the Uganda Victims’ Foundation, and REDRESS. In this online event, participants will discuss the key findings of the report, including how victims have been impacted by the inexorable delay in passing
and implementing the National Transitional Justice Policy. The report notes that despite the inclusion of multiple transitional justice processes in this
comprehensive policy document and a detailed gender-sensitive and victim-centered framework, the consultations and engagement with victims did not
allow them to meaningfully influence and impact the design and shaping of the Policy.
Click here to read the report Not Without Us
Click here to read a Report Summary of the report
Watch a film about The Uganda Victims and Survivors Network
Justice Elizabeth Nahamya, Executive Director, Emerging Solutions Africa, ESA (opening remarks)
Mr. Omar Mahmood, Vice-Chairperson, Uganda Victims and Survivors Network (Uganda Victims and Survivors Network-West Nile, UVSN)
The Honourable Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, Chief Justice of Uganda (TBC)
Ms. Margaret Ojok, Technical Advisor, Justice, Law and Order Sector, JLO
Mr. Chris Ongom, Executive Director, Uganda Victims Foundation, UVF
Moderated by Ms. Lorraine Smith Van Lin, International Legal Consultant, and former Legal Advisor at REDRESS
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