News by region: Africa


Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency

16 August – Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency.


UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Borno state, Nigeria

16 August – Condemning a series of terrorist attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for those responsible for these “repeated heinous acts” to be brought to justice.


Security Council told African-led force on terrorism in the Sahel operational but challenged

15 August – The joint task force by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to tackle the threat of terrorism in Africa's Sahel region is now operational, but a number of challenges remain, including funding, the United Nations Security Council was today told.


More survivors, remains of deceased African migrants found on Yemen beach, says UN agency

15 August – Over the past three days, the UN migration agency has found more survivors and victims' remains from last week's tragedy – when hundreds of migrants were forced from two boats into the sea off the coast of Yemen.


'Dramatic' rise in Central African Republic violence happening out of media eyes, warns UNICEF

15 August – The Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said today.


UN migration agency assists population in wake of devastating floods in Sierra Leone

15 August – After learning Monday that devastating floods and mudslides left hundreds dead in Sierra Leone, the United Nations migration agency released $150,000 in emergency, first-response aid relief for the West African country.


First of 33,000 Congolese refugees relocated to new settlement in Angola – UN agency

15 August – More than 1,500 Congolese refugees who have fled violence and ethnic tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been relocated from reception centres in northern Angola to a newly established settlement, the United Nations refugee agency today said.


UN rights chief urges Kenyan leaders to act responsibly, avoid further violence

15 August – Calling on the Kenyan authorities to avoid violence, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the Government to make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces which has led to deaths and injures, including among children.


Guterres says UN stands in solidarity with disaster-hit Sierra Leone

14 August – Amid a mudslide and flooding in Sierra Leone, Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated that the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people in the ongoing rescue efforts.


UN, Security Council condemn deadly attacks on peacekeeping mission in Mali

14 August – The United Nations and the Security Council today condemned the attacks against camps of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which resulted in the deaths of one UN peacekeeper, a Malian soldier and a member of the Malian gendarmerie, along with six Malian contractors.