Africa

Fighting in eastern DR of Congo that forced thousands to flee appears to have stopped, UN says

Fighting last week that caused tens of thousands people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to flee their homes appears to have stopped, the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today.

UN seeks $183 million in 2005 to aid Darfur refugees in Chad

Faced with a large-scale influx into Chad of refugees from the fighting in Sudan's Darfur region and the prospect of new waves fleeing across the border, the United Nations is calling for nearly $183 million to cater for a whole list of urgent needs in 2005, a 10 per cent increase over this year.

Tens of thousands of civilians flee clashes, attacks in eastern DR Congo - UN

Fighting between armed groups and attacks against civilians have caused tens of thousands of civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to flee their homes in parts North-Kivu along the Rwandan border, where instability is preventing relief supplies from reaching those in need.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees in Kenya will go hungry without urgent aid – UN

Warning that hundreds of thousands of mainly Sudanese and Somali refugees in Kenya will go hungry without immediate donations of cash or food commodities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent appeal for $9 million to tide them over for the next six months.

UN refugee agency launches first seaborne repatriation to Liberia

In the first sea movement of the United Nations refugee agency’s Liberian repatriation programme, nearly 400 people are on their way home from Ghana as part of an operation that is expected to see the eventual return of 340,000 exiles from all over West Africa now that peace is taking hold in their war-shattered country.

Heeding Annan’s zero-tolerance on sex abuse, UN suspends two soldiers in Burundi

Implementing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s policy of zero tolerance for sexual abuse by United Nations personnel, the UN mission in Burundi has suspended with immediate effect two military peacekeepers caught in the latest in a series of allegations of such wrongdoing.

In Côte d’Ivoire standoff, opposition-ruled north needs humanitarian aid, UN says

With drought hitting northern farmers in divided Côte d’Ivoire and international appeals for aid funding largely ignored, United Nations programmes have received a slew of requests for food aid, safe water and medicines, while children under opposition rule there may not be allowed to take vital school examinations.

UN agricultural fund lending money to train poorest farmers in Lesotho

The poorest farmers in three southern districts in Lesotho will be the beneficiaries of a new $12 million programme to improve their farming techniques and livestock production, as well as to upgrade veterinary and slaughterhouse services, the United Nations agricultural fund said today.

Millions are displaced by fighting in eastern DR of Congo, UNICEF says

The number of people displaced by the last six years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now estimated at 3 million – 2.5 million in the east alone – and nearly 4 million people have died as a direct or indirect result of the conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire funds three quick-impact social projects

A centre for former child soldiers, a project to compensate the victims of an anti-demonstration crackdown in March and a local radio station for a mayoralty were the beneficiaries of funding from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire today.