Rape, sexual violence continue in Sudan’s Darfur region, UN reports

Armed elements in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, including law enforcement officers and the military, continue to perpetrate rape and sexual violence, with the authorities seemingly unable or unwilling to hold them accountable, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Food aid programme for DR of Congo ex-combatants extended to June 2006, UN says

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it will extend its operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to feed tens of thousands of former militia members being demobilized in the coming months until next June, “buying them time to get back on their feet.”

In face of worsening hunger in Niger, UN steps up aid, warns of rising deaths

With hunger in Niger intensifying, the United Nations today warned of increasing deaths from communicable diseases in the impoverished West African country where thousands of children have already died, and almost doubled the number of people targeted for emergency food aid to 2.5 million.

Expert Panel calls on Security Council to clarify sanctions regime in Côte d’Ivoire

The expert panel recommending ways of improving the arms embargo on Côte d’Ivoire has called on the Security Council to more tightly define the ban on weapons flows in the divided country after encountering “widespread confusion” among neighbouring West African countries, civil society groups and United Nations officials themselves.

Over 1,200 Central Africans flee attackers, arrive in Chad, UN says

More than 1,200 Central Africans crossed into Chad last week, fleeing unidentified attackers and joining several thousand of their fellow countrymen who arrived last month, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Annan appoints expert panel to probe impact of sanctions in Liberia

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a five-member panel of experts to go to Liberia to assess the implementation and impact of the United Nations Security Council's sanctions regime imposed on the war-devastated country, which includes a ban on timber exports in addition to existing travel, arms and diamond embargoes.

Secretary-General appeals for calm pending final results of Guinea-Bissau election

The Secretary-General has taken note of the provisional results announced today by national electoral authorities of the second round of presidential elections held on 24 July in Guinea-Bissau and he has appealed for calm as the counting process continues before announcement of the final results and full restoration of constitutional rule.

Demand for aid to the homeless is exceeding supply in Zimbabwe, UNICEF says

Despite calls on the Government of Zimbabwe from senior United Nations officials to stop demolishing housing, thousands of Zimbabweans lost their homes within 24 hours of the appeals and the increasing demand for assistance continues to outstrip the supply, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said.

UN agencies work to combat maternal and child mortality in Burundi

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today they are working with local authorities in southern Burundi to combat maternal and child mortality there.

Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission starts 13th session

The United Nations-sponsored Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, established to settle border issues between the two West African neighbours, opened a two-day session today to consider reports on the progress of demarcation and the transfer of authority on the Bakassi Peninsula.