Africa

Security Council calls on UN forces to help protect civilians from Ugandan rebels

The Security Council today called on United Nations missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan to coordinate strategies to protect civilians from the rebel Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has killed, kidnapped and displaced thousands of people.

UN tribunal clears two Rwandans accused of genocide, crimes against humanity

The United Nations-backed tribunal tasked with trying atrocities committed during the 1994 Rwandan massacre of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus today acquitted a priest who had been charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, a day after it did the same in the case of the brother-in-law of the country’s former president.

Latest round of UN-backed Darfur peace talks resumes tomorrow in Qatar

United Nations-backed mediation talks aimed at bringing peace to the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur will resume tomorrow in Doha, Qatar, the world body announced today.

Security Council urges Malagasy leaders to hold elections, form Government

The Security Council today welcomed the power-sharing agreement reached by Madagascar’s current and former leaders, and urged the political forces to end months of internal strife with the establishment of a new Government.

International aid needed for returning Chadians displaced by conflict – UN

The United Nations is appealing for international aid to assist some 18,000 Chadian villagers who have returned to their homes in a resource-poor region of the strife-torn African country after fleeing inter-communal violence and a spill-over of the conflict from neighbouring Sudan’s Darfur region.

Edging closer to end of mandate, UN-backed court hands over prison to Sierra Leone

The United Nations-backed tribunal trying the worst acts committed during the decade-long brutal civil war in Sierra Leone today transferred its detention centre to the national prison service.

Greater efforts needed on land to fight piracy off Somali coast, says Ban

The Somali Government and the African Union force in the country need more help on land to fight piracy in the waters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report released today.

Banditry jeopardizing humanitarian work in eastern Chad, warns UN

Humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of people in eastern Chad is under threat from banditry, which has led several aid agencies to temporarily halt their operations in the face of attacks, the United Nations relief wing reported today.

UNICEF urges immediate action to tackle food shortages in Southern Sudan

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for greater efforts to prevent the food shortages in parts of Southern Sudan, caused by poor rains and made worse by insecurity, from escalating into a deeper crisis.

Tens of thousands of Somali women and children benefit from UN health initiative

At least 83,000 Somali children and women benefited from the Child Health Days Campaign carried out with United Nations support in the Afgooye corridor, which hosts displaced people who fled their homes owing to the violence in the capital, Mogadishu.