News by region: Africa


Boko Haram militants ‘must be brought to justice’ – UN chief

22 May – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply troubled by Boko Haram’s “continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks” against the civilian populations of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, according to the United Nations.


As South Sudan fighting intensifies, UN rights chief warns of ‘persistent impunity’

22 May – The escalation of fighting in South Sudan has resulted in “alarming gross violations” of international human rights and humanitarian law as well as having exacted a terrible toll on the young nation’s civilian population, the United Nations human rights chief confirmed today.


Burundi: Ban applauds political dialogue as UN appeals for wider cholera relief efforts

22 May – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced encouragement at the ongoing political dialogue in Burundi following weeks of tensions and a reportedly failed coup d'état in the country's capital of Bujumbura, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


In Tanzania, UNICEF working to halt cholera outbreak among Burundian refugees

21 May – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing critical relief supplies to Tanzania’s north-western border with Burundi amid a devastating cholera outbreak affecting tens of thousands of refugees there.


UN agency brings relief supplies to people displaced by conflict in western Libya

21 May – Ten trucks carrying vital relief supplies have crossed the border between Tunisia and Libya, as the United Nations hunger relief agency said today that it has resumed providing assistance in support of displaced people affected by the ongoing conflict in Libya.


UN health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau

20 May – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported “a substantial increase” in the weekly total of new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone and deployed a response team to the border with Guinea-Bissau because of its proximity to a recent cluster of cases in a neighbouring Guinean prefecture.


Mali: UN Mission condemns attack against staff compound amid uptick in violence in country’s north

20 May – The United Nations mission in Mali strongly condemned today an attack against a residential compound housing its military personnel in the country capital of Bamako, a spokesperson for the Organization confirmed today.


Ban condemns escalated fighting in South Sudan, deplores deaths of civilians in UN camp

20 May – The United Nations has strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between Government and opposition forces in Unity and Upper Nile States in South Sudan.


World must not ‘squander’ opportunity in Somalia, UN envoy tells Security Council

19 May – While it is too soon to celebrate definitive success in Somalia, and while the situation remains challenging, progress is being made and the international community would be missing a strategic opportunity if it failed to realize how much is being achieved, the top United Nations in the country told the Security Council today.


South Sudan: UNICEF warns women and children being victimized ‘with frightening regularity’

19 May – Almost two years since the eruption of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation continues to deteriorate with women and small children making up the majority of most recent casualties, a representative from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the country said today.