A top United Nations peacekeeping official in Sierra Leone has reported progress in the disarmament process after leading an assessment team to two of the country's districts, the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said today.
The situation in the Temporary Security Zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains calm without any significant problems to report, a spokesman for UNMEE, the United Nations Mission in the area, said today.
Nearly 5,000 Somali refugees from camps in eastern Ethiopia have returned home this week to the northwestern part of their country, bringing to nearly 35,000 the total number of Somalis who have returned since the beginning of this year, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
Since the beginning of 2001, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has assisted the voluntary disarmament of over 16,000 combatants and helped negotiate the release of about 2,600 child soldiers, a Mission official said today in New York.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that more than half a million Somalis faced a serious food crisis following the almost total failure of the main rains in the southern part of the country.
Extensive floods following two consecutive years of serious drought in northern Sudan have displaced tens of thousands of people, destroyed crops and aggravated the area's already precarious food supply situation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.
The disarmament process in northern Sierra Leone's Koinadugu District has started with the disarmament of 45 pro-government combatants and the handover of 39 ex-child soldiers, according to UNAMSIL, the United Nations Mission in the country.
A repatriation convoy carrying over 600 Angolan refugees was set to leave the Republic of Congo for the enclave of Cabinda, an oil-rich piece of Angolan territory separated from the rest of the country by a strip of Congolese terrain, a spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency said today.