Secretary-General on Africa

Latest Africa-focused news stories

  • 5 August 2016

    A megaproject rises in East Africa

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    A distinctive, glass-panelled multi-storey building with tall stone arches stands out in the bushes of Magogoni in Kenya’s historic coastal town of Lamu. It is the headquarters of a $25 billion infrastructure project—the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor—which will link Kenya with Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan.  

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  • 5 August 2016

    DRC economy: The giant awakens

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    Most news headlines from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have one thing in common—their focus on conflict, particularly in the eastern part of the country. True, conflict is not new in the DRC, which has seen outbreaks in one form or another over the past three decades. Of late, however, worries are mounting over presidential elections slated for November this year. President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, is bound by term limits to step down after having won elections in 2006 and 2011.

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  • 5 August 2016

    Pan-Africa passport to open up borders

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    The image of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Chadian President Idriss Déby proudly holding the first two copies of the newly launched pan-African passport at the African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali this month marked the type of historic moment rarely seen at such gatherings, where outcomes are often measured in declarations or resolutions. 

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  • 1 August 2016

    These 10 refugees will compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

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    Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, over 200 national teams have vied for glory at the Summer and Winter Games. Now, for the first time, a team of refugees will compete as well.

    The International Olympic Committee today announced the selection of 10 refugees who will compete this August in Rio de Janeiro, forming the first-ever Refugee Olympic Athletes team. They include two Syrian swimmers, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a marathoner from Ethiopia and five middle-distance runners from South Sudan.

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  • 1 August 2016

    South Sudanese families rebuild their lives at Ugandan refugee settlement

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    ADJUMANI, Uganda – On a rainy day in northern Uganda, Esther Ojabajon surveys the small plot of land that is now her home.

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  • 26 July 2016

    Some 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily – UN warns

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    26 July 2016 – Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

    “To put this in context, more refugees have arrived in Uganda in the past three weeks than during the entire first six months of 2016, when 33,838 came there in search of safety,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

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  • 25 July 2016

    Over 26,000 people flee South Sudan into Uganda; influx sets single-day record

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    22 July 2016 – Some 26,500 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have crossed into Uganda since fighting between rival forces erupted in and around the capital, Juba, on 7 July, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

    Yesterday alone, an estimated 8,337 refugees crossed into Uganda, setting a single-day record since the influx began in 2016.

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  • 21 July 2016

    Flight across border achingly familiar for some South Sudan families

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    ADJUMANI, Uganda – Lucy Lul says she realised war was coming when she heard there was a convoy of vehicles on the road from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to Uganda.

    She and her husband packed a bag with their children’s clothes, she grabbed her handbag and they ran to join the line of vehicles.

    A primary school teacher near the town of Pageri, about 40 kilometres from the Ugandan border, Lucy had been struggling to keep the local children in school as food shortages worsened in recent weeks.

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  • 20 July 2016

    Thousands flee to Uganda to escape renewed violence in South Sudan – UN refugee agency

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    19 July 2016 – More than 5,000 people – primarily women and children under the age of 18 years – have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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  • 16 July 2016

    Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Yoweri Kabuta Museveni, President of Uganda

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