Africa

‘This terrible situation cannot be allowed to continue’, UN chief tells world leaders at major Libya summit

Speaking at a major, high-level summit on Libya, held in the German capital Berlin on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres evoked the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by thousands of civilians, as conflict in the North African country grows deeper and more destructive.

Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for tens of thousands of children in unrelenting conflict

The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.

UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting

Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Implementing peace deal only path for stabilization in Mali: UN peacekeeping chief

Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat

Ongoing instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the  United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. 

FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold prospectors

The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

 

Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region.

More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo

Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year. 

Sudan: Intercommunal clashes displace tens of thousands in volatile Darfur region

Around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur state in recent days, following intercommunal clashes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, citing Sudanese Government data.