Togolese refugees flood into Benin, Ghana as post-election crisis continues, UN says

Nearly 6,000 Togolese fleeing post-election violence have arrived in neighbouring Benin, an increase of some 2,000 overnight, and 600 have crossed into Ghana, as the United Nations refugee agency today appealed to Togolese politicians to solve the crisis peacefully and avoid a humanitarian emergency.

UN launches $4 million appeal for emergency veterinary care in drought-stricken Djibouti

With Djibouti’s worsening drought now threatening the prime source of income and food for thousands of rural families, the United Nations agricultural agency today is urgently appealing for nearly $4 million to provide veterinary services, food and water for livestock.

‘Unprecedented’ water level rise augurs greater flood damage for Somalia – UN

In East Africa, where days of heavy rains and flooding have led to numerous deaths and entire villages being wiped out, locals are reporting an unprecedented rise in Somalia’s Shabelle River and that a major water surge may be headed into the centre of the country, the United Nations said today.

Former Mozambican President appointed UN special envoy for Guinea-Bissau

Former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique has been appointed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy to promote “peaceful and credible” elections in June in Guinea-Bissau, a United Nations spokesman said today.

UN agencies focus on providing clean water in aftermath of volcano eruption in the Comoros

With fears receding – but not ruled out – that one of the world’s largest active volcanoes will again erupt in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros, United Nations agencies there are focusing their efforts on providing clean water for the thousands of islanders returning to their homes.

UN probes allegations of sexual exploitation by peacekeepers in Liberia

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia has been investigating allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by its personnel and has sought cooperation from the troop contributing countries, a UN spokesman said today.

UN counter-terrorism experts to visit Kenya

United Nations counter-terrorism experts are set to travel next week to Kenya for the second in a series of country visits to take stock of the worldwide fight against the menace.

Security Council extends UN mission in Western Sahara through October

Calling again on the parties and States of the region to cooperate with the United Nations to end the current impasse in Western Sahara and make headway towards a political solution, the Security Council today extended the UN peacekeeping mission there until the end of October.

UN refugee agency aids those fleeing to Benin from post-election violence in Togo

The United Nations refugee agency said today nearly 4,000 Togolese fleeing post-election violence since Tuesday have arrived in neighbouring Benin, and the agency is sending in an emergency team of protection and community services staff members and trucking in supplies from Ghana.

UN tribunal condemns former Rwandan councillor for 1994 genocide, rape

A former councilman in Rwanda was sentenced to life in prison today by a United Nations war crimes court after a yearlong trial on charges that included genocide against people who had taken refuge in churches and committing and abetting rape during his country’s 1994 massacres.