News in the Humanosphere: Uganda struggling under strain of South Sudanese refugee influx

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda (Credit: EC/ECHO/Malini Morzaria/flickr)

Uganda warned Friday that its resources are strained by the more than 400,000 refugees who have poured into the country in recent months from South Sudan’s civil war — a sign that its widely praised tolerance might be fraying. This East African nation now has one of the world’s largest refugee centers. The daily influx has been surpassing 3,000 people, many of them children afraid of being forcibly conscripted into armed groups in South Sudan, Apollo Kazungu, a government commissioner in charge of refugees, told The Associated Press. Authorities will have to “be more creative” with basic support like food and housing if the numbers continue to rise, Kazungu said. Many refugees are getting half rations of maize meal and beans until more aid arrives from the World Food Program, he said. (AP https://yhoo.it/2l0tGiq)

Sectarian attack in Pakistan… A suicide bomber turned a spiritual dance celebration at a revered religious shrine into a slaughterhouse on Thursday, killing at least 70 people and wounding more than 250 in the worst act of terrorism to hit Pakistan in months. At least 50 of the wounded were critically hurt in the explosion at the Sufi shrine in a remote part of southern Pakistan, officials said. Many of the victims were women. (NY Times http://nyti.ms/2kDwCxH)

And Iraq…A powerful car bomb ripped through a used car market in the south of Iraq’s capital Thursday, killing more than 50 people in the deadliest such attack this year, officials said. The Amaq propaganda agency linked to the Islamic State jihadist group (IS), which has claimed nearly all such attacks recently, reported the blast and described it as targeting “a gathering of Shiites.” (AFP https://yhoo.it/2kDG843)

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An airstrike killed eight women and a child at a funeral reception near the Yemeni capital, witnesses said Thursday, adding to the conflict’s mounting civilian death toll. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2lmbK2q)

Rebels in Central African Republic killed at least 32 civilians after clashes with a rival armed group, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, a sign of the fighters’ growing boldness amid limited state authority. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2kujdge)

Heavy rains have caused flooding across the Gaza Strip, overwhelming the territory’s beleaguered sewage system and forcing at least eight families to evacuate from their makeshift homes. (AP https://yhoo.it/2kupNmZ)

Britain will lead efforts to secure extra funding for family planning at an international summit in London, ministers have said, amid concern about Donald Trump’s decision to ban US financial support for organisations involved in abortion services overseas. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2lSU6kf)

Zimbabwe is likely to be the country hardest hit by an outbreak of armyworms that is destroying crops and threatening food security in southern Africa, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2kNQNdk)

Tropical storm Dineo has caused in two deaths in Mozambique since it hit the coast of the southern African country late on Wednesday, and further casualties are expected, aid agency CARE said on Thursday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2kNXdJH)

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. said her country “absolutely” supports the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. (BBC http://bbc.in/2kDLX1z)

Some Haitian lawmakers want to replace the outgoing United Nation’s multinational military force with their own homegrown army. (Miami Herald http://hrld.us/2kDJjIW)

Opinion/Blogs

State Department Insider Sheba Crocker explains how Donald Trump is upending Foggy Bottom. (Global Dispatches Podcast http://bit.ly/2kDlVLQ)

Can Bangladesh Become an Economic Powerhouse? (The Daily Star http://bit.ly/2lX4J4P)

How to achieve the SDGs by 2030 – lessons from 50 case studies (ODI http://bit.ly/2lXfrbz)

The Time is Now to Prevent a New Famine (Chatham House http://bit.ly/2kuuEVx)

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