Africa

UN agency suspends food convoys to Darfur, Sudan after rebels attack town

About 260,000 people in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region will miss their food ration this month because the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to suspend its relief convoys after rebels yesterday launched a large-scale attack on a nearby town and government forces retaliated.

DR of Congo: UN peacekeepers dismantle three militia camps in country's east

In the third operation if its kind this month, MONUC, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has destroyed three camps belonging to the rebel Integrationist Nationalist Front (FNI) in the north-eastern Orientale province, the UN spokesman said today.

DR of Congo: UN mission says new security zone leading to repatriation

The presence of a United Nations-defended security zone in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return home, the deputy force commander of the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUC, says.

Plight of Ugandan child soldiers reveals overall neglect of children's rights - UN

Throwing a spotlight once again on the plight of thousands of children abducted as soldiers and sex slaves by Ugandan rebels, deemed one the world's most under-reported stories, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for the tragedy to serve as a springboard to revamp the global approach to children's rights.

Relief aid push planned for UN-monitored buffer area in eastern DR Congo

United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners are planning a new relief aid push aimed at helping internally displaced people (IDPs) in the troubled eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) now that a buffer zone there has restored a measure of security.

Liberia improves peacebuilding, but needs government transparency, Annan says

Though progress has been made on disarming Liberian militias, the peace process is dogged by persistent confrontations within one group and by the inability of the National Transitional Government to provide basic services or address corruption, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council.

UN seeks nearly $275 million in food and emergency aid for Ethiopia next year

The United Nations, Ethiopia and their humanitarian partners today appealed for more than 387,000 tons of food worth some $159 million for some 2.2 million needy people there, and a further $112 million of other assistance to meet emergency needs next year.

UN officials gather to discuss strategy to combat polio epidemic in Sudan

United Nations officials held an emergency meeting today in Khartoum to discuss to how to contain a polio epidemic in Sudan, where reports of 79 new cases have led to fears that the sometimes fatal disease could soon spread to other countries in the region.

Millions in southern Africa face hungry Xmas due to poor donor response - UN

With the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) facing a severe shortfall in funds, millions of people across southern Africa are again confronted by the grim prospect of not having enough to eat during the Christmas season and beyond unless donors respond immediately with generous cash contributions.

Joint UN-Côte d'Ivoire patrols start today in Abidjan to improve security

Joint United Nations and Côte d'Ivoire forces today started patrolling the West African country's major city, Abidjan, to provide security of person and property, the UN mission said today.