News by region: Africa


Children bearing brunt of ongoing political instability and violence in Burundi, UN warns

3 July – Children, some as young as four years old, are bearing the brunt of the prolonged instability and election-related violence in Burundi, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today, confirming reports of an additional three deaths of children over the last five days.


Ebola: as virus resurfaces in Liberia, UNICEF teams and supplies arrive in affected areas

3 July – In a speedy response to Liberia's first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits and chlorine and buckets for handwashing stations.


Mali: UN condemns attack which killed six peacekeepers

2 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the attack against a convoy of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which killed six peacekeepers and injured five others.


South Sudan: UN deplores deadly attack as tensions in country simmer

2 July – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a deadly attack against a United Nations 'protection-of-civilians' site in South Sudan amid a renewed flare-up of violence in the newfound nation.


UN chief condemns latest Egypt terrorist attack

1 July – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's deadly attack in North Sinai.


Security Council urges Libyan parties to agree on government of national accord

1 July – Reiterating that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, the United Nations Security Council today urged the parties to the conflict to agree on a Government of National Accord and sign the proposal presented by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) “in the coming days.”


UN Ebola response mission flags importance of staying vigilant as virus resurfaces in Liberia

1 July – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that Ebola had resurfaced in Liberia after a teenager who died earlier this week tested positive for the disease in the West African country that had been declared free of Ebola transmission just two months ago.


UN rights chief urges concerted action to tackle Boko Haram's 'extensive and far-reaching' abuses

1 July – Describing a pattern of vicious and indiscriminate attacks by Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria that stretched back years, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the international community to help the subregion begin to repair the damage, and specifically appealed to Nigerian authorities to ease abortion restrictions for women and girls who had been sexually enslaved, raped and forced into so-called "marriages” by Boko Haram fighters.


Internal displacement doubles in Libya since September, UN refugee agency warns

30 June – According to the United Nations refugee agency, the number of people displaced within Libya has almost doubled from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000 amid escalating fighting this year in different parts of the crisis-gripped North-African country.


Amid election-related tensions, thousands flee Burundi for neighbouring countries – UN

30 June – Some ten thousand refugees fled Burundi over the weekend before authorities managed to close the borders ahead of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.