News by region: Africa


Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali

23 May – Two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and another injured on Tuesday morning in an ambush in the northern Kidal region.


With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

23 May – The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $36 million to support Burundians fleeing their homes in what could become the third-largest refugee crisis in Africa.


UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

22 May – Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there.


UN agency works to fill humanitarian vacuum in north DR Congo after aid groups' departure

22 May – The United Nations migration agency is responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of more than 27,000 displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) eastern province of North Kivu, after many relief aid organizations left camps.


Libya: UN chief urges all sides to restore calm in aftermath of deadly attack on southern airbase

20 May – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is deeply concerned about the military escalation at the Brak al-Shati air base in southern Libya and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and restore calm, the UN chief's spokesman said today.


Southern Africa: UN, Mozambique host first-ever forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism

19 May – United Nations agencies are joining forces with governments in Southern Africa in a push to strengthen protections for persons with albinism, who often fall victim to a raft of abuses, including maiming, trafficking and even murder, linked to the belief that their parts have magical powers in witchcraft potions.


South Sudan: UN report exposes human rights violations against civilians in Yei

19 May – A United Nations report has documented human rights violations and abuses against civilians that may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, in what used to be a peaceful multi-ethnic town in South Sudan.


UN emergency food agency sending rations to war-torn Central African Republic

19 May – The United Nations emergency food agency has started dispatching supplies by air and road to the Central African Republic (CAR), where violence erupted in March and has since claimed the lives of more than 120 people, it was announced today.


Yemen's war pushing Somali refugees to return home – UN agency

19 May – More than 30,000 Somali refugees have apparently returned to Somalia from Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency said, and an increasing number are seeking aid to return home.


UN chief congratulates Algeria on peaceful parliamentary elections

19 May – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people and Government of Algeria for the peaceful conduct of the 4 May parliamentary elections, for which he dispatched a group of electoral observers, his spokesperson said today.