News by region: Africa


Central African Republic: Four UN peacekeepers wounded in ambush by armed group

22 February – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has reported that its troops on patrol were ambushed yesterday outside of Ippy in Ouaka prefecture.


Humanitarian agencies seek $1 billion to provide life-saving aid to millions in northeast Nigeria – UN

22 February – As relief organizations increase response to the humanitarian emergency in the north-east of Nigeria, timely donor support amounting to a little over $1 billion is required to sustain life-saving assistance to millions people devastated by Boko Haram-linked violence, the United Nations relief aid wing has said.


Trial of Gaddafi regime a 'missed opportunity for justice' – UN human rights chief

21 February – Pointing out that the recent trial in Libya of members of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime fell short of international fair-trial standards, the United Nations human rights wing and the UN mission in the North African country called on authorities to address flaws identified in a new report.


'Time lost means lives lost,' warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia

21 February – The top United Nations humanitarian official today released $18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the country.


UN Security Council condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu

20 February – Strongly condemning the latest deadly terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations Security Council today reiterated that its determination to support peace, security and development in the long-troubled country would not be swayed by this, or any other such attack.


DR Congo: UN rights chief calls on Government to halt violence by security forces

20 February – The United Nations human rights chief today called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate steps to halt widespread human rights violations, including apparent summary executions, by the country's armed forces.


Critical food aid shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, UN warns

20 February – Across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance, the United Nations warned today.


Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UN

20 February – Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said today, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.


UN, international organizations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of Central African Republic

19 February – Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic, in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures, the United Nations together with the Economic Community of Central African States, the African Union, the Organization of La Francophonie and the European Union have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation.


Attack in Somali capital a reminder of extremists' indifference towards human life – UN envoy

19 February – Strongly condemning today's terrorist attack at a marketplace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more, the United Nations envoy in the country stressed that incident is a brutal reminder of the retrograde tactics employed by violent extremists.