Latest UN Africa News

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

  • 21 Novembre 2014

    Sectarian clashes displace thousands in south-eastern Central African Republic, UN warns

    An upsurge in violent attacks this week between communities in a town near the Central African Republic’s border with South Sudan has left at least 10 people injured and thousands more displaced, marking the first major inter-community incident in the region since the country’s crisis began in 2012, the United Nations humanitarian relief office said today.

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  • 21 Novembre 2014

    South Sudan: UN relief official urges respect for ceasefire, scaling up of aid operations

    Concluding a three-day mission to South Sudan, a senior United Nations relief official has called on all parties to the conflict there to respect their ceasefire commitments, while urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to scale up and expand critical aid operations.

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  • 21 Novembre 2014

    WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    On 24 August, WHO was notified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jeera County, Equateur Province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa, caused a total of 66 cases of EVD including 8 among health care workers.

    By 20 November, 42 days had passed since the last case tested negative twice and was discharged from hospital. 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...

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  • 20 Novembre 2014

    Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress

    KAILAHUN/DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - West African countries generally have a strong social network that supports children during times of hardship and need. But for many of the hundreds of children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone, who sometimes witnessed their parents' deaths, stress and trauma is compounded by social exclusion from their communities.

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  • 20 Novembre 2014

    Bringing Ebola tests up to speed

    DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola in West Africa is believed to have erupted almost a year ago in southern Guinea, but was confirmed by the French Pasteur Institute only in March 2014, by which time it had killed 60 people and was suspected to have crossed the border into Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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  • 20 Novembre 2014

    Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers

    SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Yemen's security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country's people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia.

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  • 20 Novembre 2014

    Tough conditions for CAR displaced at airport camp

    BANGUI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions.

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  • 20 Novembre 2014

    Abandoned in the borderlands

    KIIR ADEM, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Longstanding humanitarian needs in South Sudan's Aweil North County, where some 30,000 people are displaced, are largely unmet.

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  • 20 Novembre 2014

    Clean industrialization critical for Africa to &#39leapfrog&#39 outdated technologies &#8211 Ban

    Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the world body marked Africa Industrialization Day.

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  • 19 Novembre 2014

    Ebola cases no longer rising in Guinea, Liberia, UN health agency reports

    The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that the number of Ebola cases is “no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still increasing in Sierra Leone”, and that preparedness teams have been sent this week to Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal.

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