Africa

UN closes Congolese sites as Angolan refugees return home

With the assistance of the United Nations refugee agency, the final convoy of Angolan refugees has returned home from a southern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ending a refugee program that has run for 20 years.

Rwandan refugees moved without notice farther into Burundi, UN says

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the surprise relocation over the weekend of thousands of Rwandan asylum-seekers by Burundian authorities to an inadequately equipped northern transit centre in their post-conflict Great Lakes country.

$300 million in pledges ‘good beginning’ towards assisting African Union in Darfur – Annan

Just back from a week-long visit to Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General today said that nearly $300 million pledged by international donors to expand an African-led peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region is “a good beginning” for the next phase of the programme to stem the ongoing crisis there.

UN peacekeeping mission’s mandate in Burundi extended until beginning of December

The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of its peacekeeping UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) for six months until 1 December and called on the African Great Lakes country’s political actors to try harder to ensure the success of their political transition, national reconciliation and long-term stability.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator urges Sudan to drop charges against MSF official

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today appealed to Sudan to drop charges against a senior official of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who is apparently being targeted for the agency's publication of a report detailing violence against women in the country.

UN envoy hails plans for Guinea-Bissau elections, warns against provocations

The senior United Nations envoy to West Africa today hailed the fact that Guinea-Bissau will go forward with elections planned for later this month but warned leaders there that the international community will not abide provocations during the polling process.

Peace in southern Sudan critical to resolving Darfur conflict, Annan says

Making good on his promise to travel to southern Sudan when there is peace, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today held talks in Rumbek with John Garang, the Chairmen of the Sudan Liberation People's Movement (SPLM), and emphasized that a political settlement of that area's long-running conflict would contribute to a resolution in strife-torn Darfur, where he met with refugees and local leaders on Saturday.

In Darfur, Annan witnesses 'heart-wrenching' situation of displaced Sudanese

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today toured a camp for displaced persons in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan, where he was greeted enthusiastically by thousands of people who gathered peacefully to convey their desire for a more secure existence.

Number of Togolese refugees in Benin and Ghana rises to over 34,000 – UN

The number of Togolese fleeing post-election disputes continues to rise steadily, now totalling more than 34,000, with all the new arrivals this week going to Benin, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN winding up repatriation operations for Angolans and some Somalis

The United Nations refugee agency is winding down its repatriation of Angolans with a final convoy from the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today and it is also sending home the last convoy from eastern Ethiopia to north-western Somalia tomorrow.