Africa

Numbers of civilians displaced by fighting in DR of Congo skyrockets – UN

The number of civilians uprooted by fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this year has risen dramatically over the past week, with an additional 30,000 to 35,000 people displaced as of today beyond the more than 50,000 already reported, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN-sponsored Cameroon-Nigeria panel to start demarcating border next month

The United Nations-sponsored Cameroon/Nigeria Mixed Commission will start a pilot field project next month to assess conditions along the formerly disputed border between them, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said today.

Annan urges West Africa to make regional arms moratorium permanent

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the Security Council take action to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by naming violators of the regional body's arms moratorium and embargoes and by prosecuting those responsible for trafficking in human beings and natural resources.

UN wrestles with twin challenges in Sudan's west and south

The United Nations was today struggling with the twin challenges of feeding nearly 3 million people displaced or otherwise affected by the ongoing conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region while preparing to cope with the enormous needs of up to 500,000 refugees returning to the newly pacified south of Africa's largest country.

Security Council considers asking for UN envoy to help push forward Ethiopia and Eritrea dialogue

The President of the United Nations Security Council today said the 15-member body was thinking of asking Secretary-General Kofi Annan to send either an envoy or a mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea to help push forward the "political dialogue" between the two Horn of Africa neighbours.

Liberian refugees start returning to area hardest-hit by civil war, UN reports

In a vote of confidence for Liberia's peace process, refugees have begun returning home to Lofa county, the hardest-hit area during the West African country's 14-year civil war, with the largest-scale displacement, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN food programme appeals for tsunami-scale aid for Africa’s hungry

With 22 million people in Africa desperately short of food and donations dropping, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for the global community to respond to the continent’s hunger with the same commitment and compassion shown towards the survivors of December’s Indian Ocean tsunami.

UN agency seeks to protect bitter harvest of Darfur conflict – babies born of rape

Dozens of babies are being born in Darfur to mothers raped during the ongoing conflict in western Sudan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that both mothers and children are not discriminated against, and have opportunities for education and access to health care.

UN rights chief prepares to brief Security Council on possible war crimes in Sudan's Darfur

As the top United Nations human rights official prepared to brief the Security Council on reported war crimes in Sudan's western Darfur, scattered reports of violence continued to come in today from the region where tens of thousands of people have been killed and up to 1.85 million others displaced in the past two years.

UN envoy sees improvements and deficits in Zambia’s fight against HIV/AIDS

Thanks to the United Nations-sponsored fund to fight AIDS and other diseases, Zambia may reach a target of treating 100,000 of its citizens living with the illness by the end of the year, up from about 18,000 people now, the UN envoy on AIDS said today.