Africa

Central African Republic: amid ongoing violence, UN rights expert calls for more aid

A United Nations human rights expert today called for urgent protection and increased assistance to the growing number of persons displaced by violence in the Central African Republic.

Top UN officials in South Sudan travel to strife-ridden north to meet displaced civilians

The top two United Nations officials in South Sudan are today meeting with families displaced by the ongoing violence between pro- and anti-Government forces, as aid agencies aim to reach civilians with urgently needed supplies.

Refugee exodus from strife-torn South Sudan picks up momentum, UN reports

As the fighting in parts of South Sudan grinds on between Government forces and rebels despite ceasefire talks, more and more civilians are fleeing to neighbouring countries, with some 2,500 people a day now seeking refuge in Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

Central African Republic: UN resumes food aid after machete attacks forced three-week halt

The United Nations today resumed food aid for some 100,000 displaced people in Bangui, capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), for the first time in nearly three weeks since deliveries were suspended when machete-wielding men stormed the distribution site and food was stolen.

Strife in Central African Republic could turn into religious war and spill over borders, UN warns

The worsening strife in the Central African Republic (CAR) with its Muslim-Christian overtones risks escalating into sustained violence along religious lines and spilling beyond the country’s borders, further destabilizing the whole region, the United Nations top political officer warned today.

Amid fresh clashes in South Sudan, UN warns its supplies running low in Bor

Three helicopters have been deployed to the South Sudanese capital of Juba today to help reinforce United Nations peacekeeping bases in the country, a UN spokesperson confirmed, warning that relief supplies available for the thousands of civilians seeking refuge in the Bor compound are running low.

UN peacekeepers reinforcing presence in South Sudan amid continued fighting

The security situation in South Sudan remains “fluid”, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country today said, confirming that it is sending reinforcements to areas affected by the current fighting between pro- and anti-Government troops, particularly Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and Juba.

Central African Republic violence displaces nearly 1 million, UN agency says

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic remains dire with insecurity hampering the delivery of aid to the more than 935,000 people displaced by the violence, the United Nations refugee agency today said.

South Sudan: UN ramps up aid efforts, urges conflict parties to ensure humanitarian access

The situation in crisis-torn South Sudan remains tense today and, with clashes reported between pro- and anti-Government troops in some areas and thousands of people fleeing the ongoing violence, United Nations officials in the country are urging all parties in the conflict to protect civilians and to allow humanitarian workers safe access to them.

UN peacekeepers in DR Congo on alert after killing of army commander

United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have stepped up patrols in North Kivu province where citizens are protesting the killing of a high-ranking Congolese military official, a spokesperson confirmed today.