Central African Republic: military abuses will be probed, leader tells UN official

In the Central African Republic (CAR), where civilians have been caught in the crossfire as rebels fight government troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today said the country’s president said any military abuses will be investigated.

Thousands of displaced Chadians running out of food due to funding shortfall – UN

Scores of thousands of displaced Chadians are running out of food in the eastern border region with Sudan and face a desperate struggle to survive absent new donations to meet the needs of a rising tide of people uprooted by continuing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

UN refugee agency resumes repatriation of Liberian refugees by sea

After a five-month hiatus caused by a ship breakdown, the United Nations refugee agency has resumed repatriating Liberians by sea this week, sending more than 200 refugees back to their homeland from neighbouring Nigeria and Ghana.

UN completes repatriation scheme from remote Ethiopian camp to Sudan

The third and final convoy of southern Sudanese refugees from the Yarenja camp in western Ethiopia returned home this week, completing a United Nations-supervised programme to repatriate 1,500 people from the isolated camp.

Extending UN’s Liberia mission, Security Council seeks plans for drawdown

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for six more months while asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report on plans to draw down the level of blue helmets there.

As Central Africans flee to bush to avoid fighting, UN pledges more support

The top United Nations humanitarian official today announced plans to step up relief efforts in the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), hours after meeting some of the scores of thousands of people who fled their homes and are now living in the bush to escape rebel attacks and fighting with Government forces.

UN-backed programme launched to tackle maternal mortality in Malawi

In Malawi – where 16 women die every day giving birth or during pregnancy – the Government today kicked off a United Nations-backed campaign to combat maternal and infant death.

Specialized UN police units helped civilians during recent DR Congo unrest – official

Specialized United Nations police units from Bangladesh and India were instrumental in saving civilian lives amidst heavy fighting during last week’s violence in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Human Rights Council sets up independent monitoring group on Darfur

The United Nations Human Rights Council today agreed to set up a group of independent rights experts to work with the Sudanese Government and the African Union (AU) to monitor the situation on the ground in the war-torn Darfur region.

As civilians flee Somalia’s capital, Ban Ki-moon calls for immediate end to fighting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, to put an immediate end to the fighting as the United Nations refugee agency reported that over 12,000 people had fled the strife-torn city in just the last week, bringing the total since the beginning of February to 57,000.