Africa

UN agency fears resumption of deadly exodus from Africa across Gulf of Aden

Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis have already gathered in a northern Somalia port preparing to brave the perilous trip across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen when good weather returns, prompting fears among United Nations refugee officials that the new people-smuggling season will be as bad as the last, when nearly 400 died.

Mauritania: UN refugee agency appeals for funds to aid refugee return

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today launched a $7 million appeal to help 24,000 refugees voluntarily return to Mauritania from Senegal and Mali.

DR Congo police officers make their debut on UN peacekeeping missions

Twelve officers from the Congolese national police force (PNC) are starting year-long tours of duty with the United Nations peacekeeping missions in Haiti and Côte d’Ivoire, the first time that police officers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will serve under the flag of the world body.

Member States and UN to enhance police peacekeeping training for Darfur

Top United Nations and Member States’ police and human security officials today pledged to enhance training for UN Police (UNPOL) officers preparing to serve as peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region in what will be the largest single UN Police contingent ever with more than 6,400 officers.

Death penalty given in journalist murder case alarms UN mission in DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed serious concern at the death penalty verdict given to four men convicted of murdering a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mystery deadly illness in central DR Congo prompts UN to send in health experts

United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) experts have arrived in the centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where there has been an outbreak of an unknown but highly deadly illness that is proving to be particularly harmful for young children.

Spiralling violence in far eastern DR Congo leads UN mission to send troops

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sent in reinforcement troops and stepped up the diplomatic pressure on both sides of the opposing factions of the armed forces in the volatile far east of the country in a bid to stop the fighting there that has forced thousands of Congolese to flee their homes.

Humanitarian situation in Darfur deteriorating, senior UN official says

A United Nations official today warned that the humanitarian situation is worsening in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region, with more people being displaced, increased security risks to aid workers and potentially rising malnutrition rates.

Pakistani peacekeepers in Liberia rebuild key bridge damaged by heavy rains

Peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) have rebuilt a key bridge linking the capital, Monrovia, with the western part of the country and neighbouring Sierra Leone that collapsed just days ago, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of another Somali journalist

Condemning the murder of a radio journalist in Somalia, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for urgent measures to halt attacks on media professionals in the country.