Latest UN Africa News

Latest Africa-focused news stories from the United Nations and UN agencies

  • 20 Octobre 2014

    Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on African Union troops in Hiiraan region

    The UN envoy for Somalia condemned today an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area, which is near the centre of the East African country.

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  • 20 Octobre 2014

    South Sudan at ‘crossroads’ as it seeks to combat sexual violence, says UN official

    Sexual violence has become a key feature of the continuing conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, has declared, while affirming that the widespread use of rape could ultimately be stopped through greater political and legal efforts by the Government and civil society.

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  • 20 Octobre 2014

    In Burundi, UN envoy lauds role of women, youths in bringing peace to Great Lakes

    Women and young people must play a central role in establishing a long-term peace for Africa’s Great Lakes Region amid the area’s renewed efforts to overcome a past scarred by conflict, a top UN official said today.

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  • 20 Octobre 2014

    Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?

    NEW YORK, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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  • 20 Octobre 2014

    Ebola hits West Africa food security

    KENEMA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies.

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  • 20 Octobre 2014

    WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria

    The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on 20 July when an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane into Lagos, Africa's most populous city. The man, who died in hospital 5 days later, set off a chain of transmission that infected a total of 19 people, of whom 7 died.

    According to WHO recommendations, the end of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in a country can be declared once 42 days have passed and no new cases have been detected. The 42 days represents twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola (21 days). This 42-day period starts from the last day that any person in...

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  • 20 Octobre 2014

    WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria

    The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on 20 July when an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane into Lagos, Africa's most populous city. The man, who died in hospital 5 days later, set off a chain of transmission that infected a total of 19 people, of whom 7 died.

    According to WHO recommendations, the end of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in a country can be declared once 42 days have passed and no new cases have been detected. The 42 days represents twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola (21 days). This 42-day period starts from the last day that any person in...

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  • 19 Octobre 2014

    Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission

    The lines on the tabular situation reports, sent to WHO each day by its country office in Nigeria, have now been full of zeros for 42 days.

    WHO officially declares that Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission.

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  • 19 Octobre 2014

    Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission

    The lines on the tabular situation reports, sent to WHO each day by its country office in Nigeria, have now been full of zeros for 42 days.

    WHO officially declares that Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission.

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  • 19 Octobre 2014

    DR Congo: UN rights chief condemns government&#39s decision to expel envoy

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra&#39ad Al Hussein, said today that he &#8220regrets and condemns&#8221 the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in there.

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