UN and Africa: focus on Mali, vaccination campaign in Nigeria and refugees in South Sudan

Suicide bombing in Mali “direct attack on the peace process”

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Suicide bombing in Mali “direct attack on the peace process”

A suicide bombing on Wednesday which targeted government troops in Mali, killing dozens, should be seen as a “direct attack on the peace process” there.

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A voice from the desert appeals for peace and unity

Borders established by colonial powers in North Africa created new nations but devastated the region’s indigenous people, according to an activist from Libya.

Akli Sh’kka said his people, the Tuareg, are still experiencing the fallout from what he characterises as a “crime.”

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UN refugee agency concerned as thousands continue to flee fighting in Mali

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced deep concern about the deteriorating political and security situation in Mali, where thousands of people continue to flee their homes due to fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels in the country’s north.

Head of UN cultural agency urges warring factions in Mali to safeguard Timbuktu

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced concern about the risks posed by the latest fighting in Mali to the World Heritage site of Timbuktu and called on the parties to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage.

UN condemns political instability in Mali after armed rebellion

United Nations officials and the Security Council have condemned the rebellion by elements of the Malian armed forces, which have announced the dissolution of the Government and seized control of the country, and called for a return to constitutional rule.

UN reports continued inflow of Malian refugees into Mauritania and Burkina Faso

Mauritania and Burkina Faso continue to receive large numbers of Malian refugees fleeing conflict between the army and ethnic Tuareg rebels in the northern region of their country, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN refugee agency seeks $35 million to assist thousands uprooted by Mali conflict

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing for $35.6 million to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis resulting from the renewed fighting in northern Mali between government forces and Tuareg rebels.

UN boosting aid delivery to refugees as more people flee fighting in Mali

Fighting between Government forces and ethnic Tuareg rebels in northern Mali has forced more than 44,000 people to flee the area over the past month, with the number of refugees arriving in neighbouring countries doubling in the past 10 days, the United Nations reported today.

UN working with Mali’s neighbours to relocate refugees from border areas

The United Nations said today it is working with Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania to relocate refugees fleeing renewed fighting in Mali to safer locations away from the border areas, as thousands continue to arrive on a daily basis.