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.

UN agency steps up aid delivery to refugees fleeing conflict in Mali

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is stepping up the delivery of aid to people affected by the outbreak of conflict in Mali, where fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels has sent thousands of civilians fleeing to neighbouring countries.

UN agency steps up help as renewed fighting in Mali uproots 20,000 people

The United Nations refugee agency has deployed staff to assist some 20,000 people who have been forced to flee fighting between Government troops and rebel Tuareg groups in Mali.

Secretary-General concerned over Niger’s rising political tensions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over heightened political tensions in Niger following the decision by the African nation’s leader to dissolve Parliament.