News by region: Africa


Libya: Senior UN humanitarian official strongly condemns attacks on medical facilities

24 June – The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain expressed deep concerns at recent attacks in Benghazi that put medical facilities at risk and urged all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among patients and medical personnel.


South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status

24 June – Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the United Nations food relief agency cautioned today.


FEATURE: From Joseph Kony’s ‘wife’ to peace advocate – a courageous young woman’s journey to reclaim her life

23 June – Evelyn Amony was abducted at age 11 from her village in northern Uganda and then forced to become the “wife” of Joseph Kony – one Africa’s most feared warlords, infamous for his casual brutality, and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, the violent rebel group better known as the LRA.


UN agency boosts support in Lake Chad Basin to safeguard agricultural livelihoods

23 June – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it is providing agricultural and livelihood assistance to affected host communities and displaced people in the Lake Chad Basin as a result of massive population displacements and insecurity that are putting livelihoods and food security at high risk.


Welcoming Sudan’s cessation of hostilities, Ban urges ‘final peace’ through national dialogue

22 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese Government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.


South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief says action will be taken on probe into Malakal violence

22 June – The United Nations takes “very seriously” the findings of an investigation that confusion over command and control and rules of engagement hampered some peacekeepers' response to a deadly incident at a UN compound in South Sudan, the Organization's top peacekeeping official said today, pledging to follow up on the probe's recommendations.


Disarming armed groups, civilian protection crucial for Central African Republic – UN expert

22 June – Concluding her seventh visit in the country, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process.


South Sudan: Special investigation into Malakal violence completed, says UN

21 June – A United Nations independent high-level board of inquiry has completed a special in-depth investigation into how the UN responded this past February to deadly violence in a protection of civilians site in the town of Malakal, in northern South Sudan.


Niger: UNICEF reports more than 240,000 uprooted from homes in Diffa region

21 June – More than 240,000 people, or a third of the population, in Niger's Diffa region have now been uprooted from their homes since violence by Boko Haram insurgents began three years ago, a senior United Nations official said today.


ICC sentences former Congolese vice-president Bemba to 18 years in prison for war crimes

21 June – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to 18 years of imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.