Africa

UN expert urges Zambia to ‘move from rhetoric to action’ in fighting extreme poverty

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on the Zambian Government to make good on its promises to reduce the deep poverty in the Southern African nation.

UNICEF chief meets with children terrorized by Ugandan rebels

The people of the far northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo live in constant fear of attacks from a notorious rebel group from neighbouring Uganda, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today after visiting the region.

Darfur: head of African Union-UN mission urges immediate release of abducted staff

The head of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur has called for the immediate and unconditional release of two staff members who were abducted early Saturday.

Thousands still fleeing Ugandan rebel attacks in eastern DR Congo – UN agency

Civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are continuing to suffer at the hands of a notorious Ugandan rebel group, whose attacks have forced at least 125,000 people in Orientale province to flee their homes in the last three weeks alone, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN humanitarian air service in West Africa wins reprieve for another month

United Nations aid operations in West Africa have received a boost with the injection of fresh funds to allow humanitarian flights in the region to continue, but similar air services in Chad will have to be cut within three weeks unless donors come forward with more assistance.

Visiting DR Congo, UNICEF chief comes face to face with sexual violence victims

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) came face to face with some of the young victims of rape and violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as she continued her five-day visit to the vast African nation.

Darfur: Senegalese police unit joins African Union-UN peacekeeping force

A contingent of police officers from Senegal arrived in Darfur today, adding to the strength of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force tasked with protecting civilians and ensuring access for humanitarian workers in the strife-torn Sudanese region.

UN’s anti-malaria envoy confident of reaching protection milestone in Africa

The official tasked with spearheading United Nations efforts to tackle malaria says he is confident that the world can achieve Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s goal of providing all sub-Saharan African countries where the disease is endemic with universal access to insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying and treatment by the end of next year.

UN mission speaks out against murder of Congolese journalist

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed its shock and dismay at the latest assassination of a journalist in the vast African nation’s volatile east.

DR Congo: UNICEF chief, basketball star unveil new HIV/AIDS treatment centres

The retired basketball great Dikembe Mutombo, along with the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today unveiled two centres to improve HIV/AIDS treatment in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 1 million people are living with the disease.