Africa

UN agency deplores killing of Somali community leader at refugee camp

The head of the United Nations refugee agency voiced deep regret today at the killing of a Somali refugee leader in the Dadaab complex in north-eastern Kenya, describing the slaying as senseless.

South Sudan: UN blue helmets deploy to deter ethnic violence in key town

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has deployed a battalion of troops in the town of Pibor in Jonglei state, which is under imminent attack by an estimated 6,000 armed men from one of two feuding communities in the area, a UN official said today.

Egypt: UN rights office voices alarm at raids on offices of NGOs

The United Nations human rights office voiced alarm today at reports that the Egyptian military has carried out raids against the offices of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in what would be the first documented incidents of their kind in the country's recent history.

DR Congo: UN experts outline sources of funding for armed rebels

Armed rebel groups active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) derive their funds from several sources, notably trade in natural resources, but also ordinary commerce and illegal taxation, according to a report by a United Nations group of experts unveiled today.

UN voices concern at reports of human rights abuses in Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today voiced deep concern about reports of numerous human rights violations by members of the country’s armed forces.

Cholera outbreak in DR Congo near end in one area but ongoing in two others

The cholera outbreak that has infected thousands of people across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is almost over in the worst-affected province, but fresh cases are being recorded in two other areas, the United Nations humanitarian arm reports.

New UN initiative to boost Mozambican crop yields

A new United Nations initiative in Mozambique aimed at increasing the quality of seeds will help the African country capitalize on its arable land and unlock its potential, the Organization’s agricultural agency announced today.

Calm returns to Guinea-Bissau after disturbances – UN

Calm has returned to Guinea-Bissau and the Government is functioning normally two days after a group of military officers attacked the army headquarters in an attempt to seize weapons, a spokesperson for the United Nations peacebuilding mission in the country said today.

UNICEF staff member dies as a result of Nigerian terrorist attack

Another United Nations staff member has died as a result of the suicide bombing that struck the world body’s offices in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, four months ago.

In Libya, UN calls for greater role of civil society in political transition

Civil society must play an important role in Libya’s political transition in the wake of its civil war, the United Nations top envoy to the country said as he visited two towns in Libya’s Nafousa Mountains region.