Africa

UN rights office urges protection, investigation, after latest clashes in West Darfur

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has urged authorities in Sudan to protect citizens “without discrimination” in the wake of the latest resurgence of deadly violence in West Darfur. 

source: Africa

Humanitarian catastrophe in northern Mozambique ‘beyond epic proportions’ 

The UN and partners are “following with deep concern” new reports of violations against civilians in northern Mozambique, the UN Spokesperson said on Thursday. 

source: Africa

Ethiopia: Amidst hostilities in Tigray, humanitarian situation remains ‘dire’ 

The humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, remains “dire”, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.  

source: Africa

Libya violated rights of ‘targeted’ woman activist, says anti-discrimination committee

The failure of Libya to investigate the unlawful arrest and torture of a women’s rights activist is a clear rights violation, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said on Wednesday.

source: Africa

Sudan: Fighting in West Darfur triggers rising death toll  

Days of tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur have left scores dead and thousands fleeing their homes, the UN envoy to the country said on Tuesday. 

source: Africa

‘Staggering’ scale of acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Levels of hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are at a “staggering” record high, now affecting one-in-three people, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday. 

source: Africa

Renewable energy access key to climate adaptation in Africa: UN chief

Support for climate adaptation in Africa is crucial, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in appealing for greater action to provide renewable energy to hundreds of millions who still lack access to reliable and affordable electricity.

source: Africa

‘Political, security, human rights and humanitarian challenges’ plague Mali 

With a deteriorating security situation in central and northern Mali, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that ‘blue helmets’, the Malian Defence and Security Forces, continue to suffer repeated attacks and significant losses, while some large towns “live under constant threat from armed groups”.  

source: Africa

Women abducted in South Sudan released, hundreds remain missing 

Fifty-eight women and children of more than 600 who were abducted last year during vicious intercommunal fighting in South Sudan, have been reunited with their families, the UN Spokesperson told reporters on Monday.  

source: Africa

First Person: A diabetes fighter in Eswatini pours all her efforts into beating COVID-19

Dumsile Mavuso, the founder and head of Eswatini’s first national association for people with diabetes, is now bringing her knowledge and experience to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with the Government and the UN.

source: Africa

Four peacekeepers killed in complex attack on UN base in Mali

A deadly attack on Friday against peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Secretary-General.

source: Africa

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