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UN mission ‘strongly deplores’ deteriorating tensions in Sudan’s Darfur region

12 May 2015 – The joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has strongly deplored “the rapid deterioration of tensions” between the Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes as both parties continue to engage each other in a series of armed confrontations which have resulted in dozens of casualties.


UN voices deep concern as deadly violence flares up across South Sudan

12 May 2015 – A deadly outburst of violence between residents of a United Nations protection-of-civilians (PoC) site in the South Sudanese capital of Juba has prompted the Organization's strong condemnation and triggered wider concern over the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout the country.


UN mission in Darfur ‘seriously concerned’ by escalating tensions between tribes

11 May 2015 – Following recent escalation in tensions between the Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes, the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur today expressed serious concern about the possible implications and encouraged the leaders and members of both groups to exercise maximum restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their dispute.


South Sudan: heavy fighting and reported ‘atrocities’ in northeast force UN to evacuate staff

11 May 2015 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has expressed growing concern about “continuing and consistent reports” emanating from two north-eastern counties regarding a surge in kidnappings and rapes and an overall uptick in violence, which has forced the UN and other aid agencies to withdraw staff from the region.


South Sudan: UN confirms new influx of displaced persons seeking refuge at Mission base

07 May 2015 – The number of internally displaced persons seeking refuge with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has grown to 53,000 following the latest bout of fighting in the African country, a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.


World’s forcibly displaced hit record 38 million, prompting UN appeal for ‘all-out effort’ for peace

06 May 2015 – By the end of 2014, a record-breaking 38 million people had been forced to flee their homes within their own country because of conflict or violence, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to appeal today for “an all-out effort to bring about peace in war-ravaged countries.”


New UN guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies

05 May 2015 – Two United Nations agencies today issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks and armed conflicts.


Senior UN relief official urges international assistance as Niger and Chad shoulder regional crisis

05 May 2015 – Beset by multiple crises themselves, Niger and Chad are making heroic efforts to cope with the impact of the turmoil swirling around them, but the international community is failing in its responsibility to share the burden, a senior official for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.


More funding needed to tackle ‘massive’ humanitarian needs in Sudan – UN relief official

05 May 2015 – The international humanitarian community in Sudan has appealed for more funds to respond to the “massive” needs in the country that has been long-affected by conflict and poverty, a senior United Nations relief official said today.


UN lauds South Sudan as country ratifies landmark child rights treaty

04 May 2015 – The United Nations has hailed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the African nation takes a critical step towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children.