Africa

Central African refugees continue fleeing into Chad, UN reports

More people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are crossing the river to seek refuge in neighbouring Chad, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Joint UN and Sudanese assessment of Darfur aid reveals critical gaps

United Nations humanitarian officials today commended the cooperation of Sudanese Government staff on an assessment of relief needs in war-torn Darfur, while they warned of high risks ahead following the ouster of crucial aid groups.

Steps to boost food security should benefit Benin’s most vulnerable – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert has welcomed Benin’s efforts to boost food security, while stressing that they should not only increase production but also improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable.

Ban welcomes release of one of three UN staff held in Niger

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of one United Nations staff member who was taken hostage in Niger late last year and reiterated his call for the freeing of two others, including an envoy to the country, Canadian Robert Fowler.

Zimbabwe’s cholera declining but continued vigilance vital – UN health agency

While noting an overall downward trend in the number of cholera cases and deaths in Zimbabwe over the last two months, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today urged continued vigilance, citing the very real risk of the outbreak restarting in some areas.

Liberia: multi-agency UN project to boost local government

The signing of a six-agency project in Liberia is a major step toward restoring civil administration in the West African country, which is recovering from a devastating 14-year conflict, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today.

UN-AU peacekeeping force carries out anti-banditry patrols in Darfur

In spite of the overall calm security situation, the United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region is continuing its patrols in the face of banditry activities.

Fresh attacks by Hutu rebels lead to more displacement in DR Congo – UN

The United Nations refugee agency said today that attacks by a Hutu rebel group are continuing to uproot thousands in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reportedly displacing nearly 30,000 people just over the past two weeks.

Somalia on path to consolidating stability – top UN envoy

Somalia, long dogged by conflict, is “back from the brink” following a peace pact, the top United Nations envoy to the Horn of Africa nation told the Security Council today, calling for a three-pronged approach targeting governance, security and development to ensure stability.

UN relief official calls on Sudan to respect humanitarian aid agreements

A top United Nations humanitarian official today urged the Government of Sudan to respect existing agreements and its own laws on the operation of relief groups in strife-torn Darfur, 13 of which have been ousted, resulting, he said, in “significant” threats to the dependent population.