Africa

Secretary-General meets with female victims of DR Congo conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited today with women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that the United Nations says has witnessed some of the highest levels of such abuses in the world.

Over 40,000 displaced Somalis return to capital despite clashes, says UN agency

Although the Somali capital is witnessing some of the worst clashes in months, more than 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to Mogadishu in the last six weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today.

Malaria control measures making advances in fight against deadly disease – UN report

Although progress has been made towards reducing malaria deaths, currently around 1 million a year, to near zero by the end of 2015, the international community needs to intensify its efforts to reach the goal, stressed a new United Nations report published today.

Former Rwandan chaplain sentenced to 25 years by UN genocide court

A former chaplain in Rwanda’s armed forces was sentenced today to 25 years for the abduction, murder and sexual assault of Tutsi civilians by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed the tiny African country in 1994.

Massive UN polio immunization campaign underway in West Africa

Some 53 million children under the age of five, including every girl and boy in Nigeria, have been targeted by a mass polio immunization campaign across West Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

Notable rise in violence against civilians, aid workers in DR Congo, UN reports

There has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leading to new displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

Tanzania an African model for stability, democratization, education – Ban

On the last full day of his official visit to Tanzania today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the country a model for overcoming some of Africa's thorniest challenges in a press conference in the country's capital, Dar es Salaam.

‘Ideal Village’ latest project by UN peacekeepers to boost Liberia’s food security

A new 150-acre agricultural village, complete with poultry, a fish pond and school and community-based farms, is the latest initiative by Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to boost food security, a crucial component to lasting peace in the West African nation.

UN assessment team calls for strengthening aid efforts in Zimbabwe

A United Nations inter-agency mission to Zimbabwe today stressed that the country’s humanitarian crisis remains grave, and urged both the Government and the international community to support the strengthening of aid efforts.

Sierra Leone: UN-backed court convicts three rebel leaders for war crimes

Three men who led a rebel movement during the most brutal phase of Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war have been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations spokesperson said today.