Africa

Relief funds nearly exhausted for crisis in Central African Republic – UN agencies

Less than a week after an urgent funding appeal by the heads of the lead UN food and refugee agencies, lack of donor attention threatening to cut off aid to thousands trying to escape violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) emerged again today as a top item in the bi-weekly humanitarian briefing in Geneva.

New UN site in Malakal offers protection to South Sudanese civilians fleeing conflict

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today inaugurated a new site adjacent to its base in Malakal to offer protection for civilians uprooted by conflict and to relieve the congestion inside the world body’s compound, which is hosting an estimated 19,000 people.

Recent political, security tensions threaten Libya’s transition, warns UN envoy

The recent turmoil in Libya has not only slowed the pace of important aspects of the democratic transition but threatens to thrust the North African nation back into conflict and instability, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.

Nigeria: UN envoy urges national actors to ‘close ranks’ to ensure release of schoolgirls

A United Nations envoy today renewed the world body’s commitment to supporting ongoing efforts by the Nigerian Government to secure the safe release of the abducted schoolgirls from Chibok, and called for concerted efforts to tackle the insurgency in the north-east of the country.

UN envoy appeals for end to clan-based fighting in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region

The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today appealed to an end to clan-based hostilities in the Lower Shabelle region which have resulted in a number of casualties in recent days.

Somalia: UN envoy welcomes release of ship crew held by pirates since 2010

The United Nations envoy for Somalia has welcomed the release earlier today of sailors on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years, and has called for the release of all remaining captives still being held by Somali pirates.

UN peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo help restore calm after inter-ethnic violence flares

Strongly condemning the fresh outbreak of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), sparked by a dispute over cattle, the head of the United Nations mission there has called for an immediate end to the fighting and has deployed UN peacekeepers to work alongside local authorities to help restore calm.

South Sudan: UN confirms looting of homes, hospitals as civilians face more hunger

The United Nations mission in South Sudan today confirmed reports of “intense small arms fire and shelling” close to its base in Renk, Upper Nile state, where some of the 93,000 civilians sheltered by UN peacekeepers throughout the country are staying.

Libya: UN announces political initiative as concern deepens over violence in the east

The United Nations’ top envoy in Libya today announced an initiative to bring together some of the country’s most influential actors to settle long-divisive issues, as the world Organization’s human rights arm expressed deepening concern over the violence plaguing the east of the country, particularly the city of Benghazi.

Upcoming launch of truth commission hailed by UN as 'step forward' for Tunisia

The United Nations has welcomed the upcoming launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia, calling it a step forward in addressing past human rights violations in the North African nation.