DR Congo: militias must go, but security forces need discipline, says UN envoy

In order to end the sexual violence plaguing the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it is necessary to stop the activity of armed groups but also to ensure security forces have strong discipline, the top United Nations envoy there said today.

Housing shortage looms for Congolese returnees unless UN gets more funds

The United Nations refugee agency says it will not be able to provide thousands of Congolese refugees, many of them returning from Tanzania, with adequate housing unless its shelter programme receives additional funds.

Liberia: UN envoy warns of underlying fragility despite progress

While characterizing Liberia’s security situation as relatively stable, the top United Nations envoy to the West African nation today cautioned that significant challenges remain in the areas of security and the rule of law.

UN seeks $244 million to boost food aid to vulnerable Kenyans

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $244 million to scale up its operation in Kenya, where high food prices and drought have left 3.5 million people in need of aid.

Defeating piracy requires restoration of law in Somalia, Ban says

Despite the launch of “one of the largest anti-piracy flotillas in modern history,” the clan-organized taking of vessels off the coast of Somalia will only cease when order is restored to the Horn of Africa nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today.

Funding hurdles thwart expansion of AU peacekeeping capabilities – Ban

Difficulties in securing necessary funding are impeding the ability of the African Union (AU) to maintain and expand its peacekeeping capacities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned today.

Chad: UN registers over 5,000 Central Africans uprooted by violence

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered more than 5,200 refugees in Chad who fled intensified fighting between Government forces and rebels in the north of their native Central African Republic (CAR) last December.

Darfur rife with violence against peacekeepers, civilians, UN says

Attacks on peacekeeping staff, carjacking, other banditry, and harassment of civilians continue to proliferate in Darfur, the African Union-United Nations mission in the strife-torn region of Sudan (UNAMID) reported today.

Chad: blazes rip through Sudanese refugee camps

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was hastening to replace supplies and put preventive measures in place after five accidental fires swept through two camps for Sudanese refugees in remote eastern Chad in the past four weeks.

UN condemns fatal ambush of Darfur peacekeepers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have condemned an ambush earlier today that led to the death of one blue helmet, the second such attack on peacekeepers in the strife-torn region of Sudan in a week.