September 18, 2008

Oxfam Warns New Humanitarian Crisis Looms in North Uganda

Oxfam warns new humanitarian crisis looms in north Uganda NAIROBI, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- A new report from international agency Oxfam warned on Wednesday that northern Uganda risks another humanitarian crisis unless adequate social and health services are urgently put in place to help people return home following 20 years of conflicts.

The report published in Nairobi found that despite no peace settlement, people are returning to their villages, many of which lack the basic health and water services to help them survive. "Despite their immense suffering, the Acholi people have shown remarkable resilience and many are already farming their land and making efforts to reconstruct their lives," said Savio Carvalho, Oxfam GB country director.

"But for this reconstruction to be successful, it must, as a matter of urgency, be underpinned by a coordinated and inclusive recovery strategy as well as adequate and timely donor funding," said the report.

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