Africa

UN mission welcomes return of renowned doctor to eastern DR Congo following attack

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the return to Bukavu of Denis Mukwege, a physician internationally known for his work with rape victims who was attacked at his residence last October.

Mali: Ban welcomes bilateral assistance to stop southward onslaught of insurgents

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the response of “bilateral partners” to the plea for assistance from the Government of Mali to counter the troubling push southward by armed rebels, some of which are associated with terrorists groups.

Mali: UN Security Council expresses 'grave concern' over reports of rebel military activity

The United Nations Security Council has expressed grave concern over the reported military movements and attacks by terrorist and extremist groups in northern Mali, in particular their capture of the city of Konna.

UN-African Union peacekeeping mission alarmed over tribal fighting in Darfur's Jebel Amer area

The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region of Darfur today expressed alarm over tribal fighting in the Jebel Amer area, which has led to casualties and displaced thousands of people.

UN envoy calls on international community to engage more with Central African Republic

In the wake of agreements reached today to end a rebellion in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations envoy for the country today said that the international community now needs to engage more forcefully, both diplomatically and financially, to pull the CAR from the brink.

United Nations concerned over reports of rebel military movements in northern Mali

The United Nations is concerned about the reported military movements of rebel groups along the frontline in northern Mali, as well as related tensions, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

UN-African Union envoy concerned over fighting in Darfur’s Jebel Marra area

The acting head of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region of Darfur today expressed serious concern over fighting taking place in its Jebel Marra area.

DR Congo: UN official welcomes Security Council action in efforts against conflict-related sexual violence

The United Nations official dealing with conflict-related sexual violence today welcomed the Security Council’s imposition of sanctions on two armed groups active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) and 23 March Movement (M23).

UN refugee agency concludes operation to repatriate Liberians forced into exile amid civil war

The United Nations refugee agency today announced that the last group of Liberians participating in its repatriation programme had returned to their country after having been forced into exile for many years due to the civil war that broke out in 1989 in the West African nation.

Child recruitment by armed groups in Central African Republic must end – UN

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on the Central African Republic (CAR) to immediately stop child recruitment by rebel groups and pro-government militias amidst reports of increasing use of this practice.