Africa

UN food agency resumes aid flights to Somalia

Following a temporary suspension caused by a recent flare up of violence in Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a resumption of air aid deliveries to the country, where it is struggling to feed half a million people affected by floods.

UN prepares for possible exodus of tens of thousands of Somalis fleeing fighting

The United Nations refugee agency is mobilizing staff and resources in preparation for a possible exodus of tens of thousands of people fleeing fighting in Somalia.

Somali people smuggler boats capsize off Yemen, leaving 17 dead, 140 missing – UN

Seventeen people died and some 140 are missing after two smugglers’ boats carrying them across the Gulf of Aden from strife-torn Somalia capsized in the dark off the coast of Yemen, the latest victims of long series of deadly incidents claimed by the perilous crossing, the United Nations refugee reported today.

Sudan: UN personnel arrive in ravaged Darfur region to support African Union force

An initial group of 25 uniformed United Nations personnel arrived today in Sudan’s Darfur region to support an African Union mission (AMIS) that has been working to monitor the strife-torn area, which is roughly the size of France.

UNICEF appeals for $9 million in vital aid for 350,000 refugees, displaced people in Chad

Over $9 million in vital aid is urgently needed to address the immediate needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern and southern Chad as violence in the region escalates, according to the latest donor update issued by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN backs mass measles immunization amid concern at new cases in Ethiopia

A mass United Nations-backed measles immunization campaign is currently underway in Ethiopia, targeting more than 5.8 million children aged under the age of 5 following growing fears earlier this year over the rise in new cases of the disease.

Somalia: UN food aid agency suspends air delivery as fighting intensifies

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended much of its delivery of aid by air in Somalia due to increased fighting, including its first airdrops in eight years, and withdrawn its last international staff from a country where it has been struggling to feed up to half a million people hit by floods.

Faced with intransigence, Annan suggests cuts to UN Ethiopian-Eritrean peace mission

Faced with Ethiopia’s refusal to implement the binding decisions of a Boundary Commission and Eritrea’s imposition of “harsh, humiliating impediments,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan is proposing a major reduction in the United Nations mission monitoring the ceasefire that ended the border war between the two countries six years ago.

Neighbouring countries must stay out of Somalia fighting, Annan says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to Somalia’s neighbours to stay out of the spiralling violence in the country, where Ethiopia has admitted sending troops amid fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).

Sudan has accepted plan leading to hybrid UN-African Union mission in Darfur: Annan

President Omar el-Bashir of Sudan has accepted a three-phased approach leading to the deployment of a hybrid United Nations-African Union (AU) force in the strife-torn Darfur region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.