Africa

Rampaging caterpillars in Liberia threaten disaster across region, warns UN

A United Nations official has warned today that a UN-led team of experts is in a race against time in its attempt to halt a vast plague of caterpillars, known as armyworms, which has already swarmed across northern Liberia and threatens to march into neighbouring West African countries, destroying all crops and water supplies in its path.

Number of Ivorian voters identified so far passes 4 million mark, says UN mission

Preparations for the much-delayed elections in Côte d’Ivoire is making headway, the United Nations mission there said today, announcing that the number of voters identified so far in the West African nation has surpassed the four million mark.

Over 3,000 dead as cholera crisis in Zimbabwe worsens, says UN health agency

The death toll from Zimbabwe’s worst ever cholera epidemic has climbed to over 3,000, with more than 57,000 infected by the water-borne disease, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Somalia: UN meeting seeks to strengthen battle against pirates

Regional States, countries patrolling the pirate-infested waters off Somalia, and United Nations agencies are set to adopt an agreement this week to reinforce the fight against a scourge that has seen dozens of ships held for ransom in recent years, including vessels carrying UN food aid for millions of hungry Somalis.

Darfur remains tense after recent eruption of fighting, UN reports

A senior United Nations peacekeeping official briefed the Security Council today on Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region, where the security situation remains tense following fighting between various rebel groups and the Government.

UN to support joint DR Congo/Rwanda military plan targeting rebels

The top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has formally accepted an invitation by the nation’s Government to support the joint DRC/Rwanda military operation targeting ethnic Rwandan Hutu militias.

UN rights chief decries ‘grotesque’ abuses by Ugandan rebels in DR Congo

The top United Nations human rights official today spoke out against abuses committed by Ugandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and voiced alarm about the impact on civilians of a joint military operation being conducted by DRC and its neighbour Rwanda.

UN refugee agency calls on Kenya to stop forced return of Somali asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Kenya to stop the forcible return, or refoulement, of Somali asylum-seekers, after three people, who were wounded crossing the border while fleeing violence in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, were sent back.

Second group of stranded Sudanese leave Iraq for Romania, reports UN agency

A second group of Sudanese refugees, most of whom are fleeing strife-torn Darfur, have been evacuated from perilous circumstances in Iraq to a groundbreaking transit centre in Romania, from which they hope to be resettled in the United States, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Darfur: fighting continues for second day near headquarters of UN mission

Aerial bombing and artillery fire continued for a second day on the outskirts of the city of El Fasher, North Darfur, where the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has its headquarters, the mission reported today.