South Africa

Southern Africa: Alarm over attacks on foreigners and refugee camps

Another xenophobic attack in South Africa and refugees on the move across the Malawi border are a major cause for concern, according to UN agencies in the region.

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People with albinism "fear attack from relatives"

A surge in attacks has been reported against people with albinism in several African countries in the run-up to national elections, a UN human rights expert has warned.

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Development aid must benefit women

The international community is being urged to put commitments to gender equality into action by ensuring that development assistance to post-conflict countries also reaches women on the ground.

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Empower youth to end AIDS by 2030: Charlize Theron

South African actress Charlize Theron has joined African leaders in the campaign to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals.

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Global deforestation slowing down

The expanse of the world’s forest land is shrinking, but at a slower rate than ever before, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

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Forests vital resource for life and food security

Forests are essential to life on our planet, food security and tackling climate change.

That’s according to Jeffrey Campbell, manager of the forest and farm facility of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

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South African orphan commits to helping others

A 17-year old orphan from South Africa says he was inspired by former President Nelson Mandela to follow his dream of helping disadvantaged people in his country.

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Ban condemns deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of at least seven people in the past few weeks.

Spate of deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa draws UN concern

The United Nations refugee agency has today welcomed efforts by South Africa’s Government to contain a recent wave of xenophobic violence that has accounted for the deaths of six people in the past three weeks in South Africa.

Misperceptions of African migrants fuel violence in South Africa

Thousands of African migrants in South Africa have been forced to flee their homes into makeshift camps as a result of xenophobic attacks.

Two weeks ago mobs in Durban started to ransack and loot small businesses owned by fellow Africans in Durban.

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