Violence in Africa -
  • AU-UN mission in Darfur boosts vigilance in wake of attacks on camps for displaced
    25 may 2018 15:57:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following a series of armed attacks on camps hosting displaced Sudanese in central Darfur, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission there has urged all parties to respect humanitarian space which it says should be free of weapons, threats, and violence. Full text...

  • UN and partners call for ceasefire in northern Somalia
    25 may 2018 05:11:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners on Thursday expressed grave concern over armed clashes which have broken out in northern Somalia, urging all parties to immediately halt the violence. Full text...

  • UN chief urges gov'ts to shield more civilians from violence in conflict
    22 may 2018 20:37:51
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than 128 million people worldwide requiring immediate humanitarian aid, mostly due to war and violence, the United Nations Secretary-General has urged the international community to do more to protect civilians caught in conflict. Full text...

  • Mauritius expresses concern at violence on Israeli-Gaza border
    18 may 2018 13:40:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Government of Mauritius has expressed deep concern at the high level of casualties, including the number of injured, following violence on the Israeli-Gaza Border, a few days ago, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack against ‘blue helmets’ in CAR
    17 may 2018 20:25:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an attack against UN peacekeeping troops in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) that claimed the life of one peacekeeper, and wounded eight others – all from Mauritania. Full text...

  • Rival South Sudan leaders still ‘bent on armed confrontation’ – UN peacekeeping chief
    09 may 2018 05:51:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The peace process in South Sudan is at a critical juncture while opposing sides allow themselves to get bogged down in arguments over ministerial quotas, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, as the country prepares for a third round of regionally-backed peace talks. Full text...

  • ICRC warns of alarming cycle of violence in Niger-Mali border region
    05 may 2018 08:34:55
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says communal violence has intensified in Mali, with recent clashes in the region of Menaka along the Mali–Niger border leaving dozens of civilians killed and called on everyone in the region to do whatever they can to ensure that local communities are not harmed. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns violence in Bangui
    04 may 2018 05:19:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing concern over inflammatory rhetoric in the wake of widespread violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all actors to remain calm and to work together to bring peace to the country. Full text...

  • UN chief denounces terror attack on electoral commission HQ in Tripoli
    04 may 2018 05:13:21
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Wednesday’s attack on the electoral commission headquarters in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and reiterated the world body’s commitment to support the country. Full text...

  • UN urges calm in wake of violence in Bangui
    03 may 2018 06:26:09
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has appealed for calm following fresh violence in the capital Bangui which claimed the lives of several civilians, including a religious leader. Full text...

  • Death toll in Libya EC headquarters suicide attack rises to 14
    02 may 2018 13:34:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The death toll in Wednesday suicide attack by armed group against the headquarters of the Libyan High Commission for Elections (HNEC) has risen to 14, according to sources from the Commission. Full text...

  • OIC Secretary General condemns violence in northeast Mali
    02 may 2018 10:45:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Youssef Al-Othaimeen, on Wednesday condemned acts of violence perpetrated on 26-27 April by extremist groups in northeast Mali in which 40 people were killed. Full text...

  • UN Mission condemns suicide bombing in central Somalia
    30 april 2018 04:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the suicide bombing on Saturday that reportedly killed government security officers and civilians in the city of Gaalkacyo. Full text...

  • UN warns that South Sudan peace process under threat as violence surges
    28 april 2018 13:44:40
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Surging violence in parts of South Sudan is putting thousands of war-weary civilians at risk and endangering the fragile peace process in the world’s youngest nation, the United Nations peacekeeping mission there has warned. Full text...

  • Youth to combat violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia
    25 april 2018 04:42:59
    Paris, France (PANA) - With one in four of the world’s 1.2 billion youth affected by some sort of violence or armed conflict, the United Nations on Tuesday launched a project to support new, youth-driven initiatives in education, science, culture and the media to prevent violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia Full text...

  • UN rights expert raises concerns about violence against women in Sudan
    24 april 2018 17:15:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Independent Expert on Sudan has expressed concern about reports that the security forces were using violence, intimidation and other forms of abuse to silence women across the country. Full text...

  • EU deplores extreme violence in South Sudan
    24 april 2018 13:52:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has said it deplores the persistence of violence in South Sudan and the human suffering which has reached an alarming level ever experienced in the country, despite the signing of a deal in 2017 to end hostilities. Full text...

  • Resurfacing violence in Zambia worries President Lungu
    23 april 2018 19:12:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has expressed concern over political violence resurfacing in some parts of the country holding by-elections. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partner launch project to tackle violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia
    22 april 2018 11:14:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) will launch a two-year project on “Prevention of Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia” with an event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on Tuesday, 24 April. Full text...

  • UN hails release of more than 200 child soldiers in South Sudan
    18 april 2018 22:51:07
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Two hundred and seven child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, part of a series of planned discharges that should see nearly 1,000 children return home over the coming months. Full text...

  • Mali violence drives thousands to Burkina Faso - UNHCR
    17 april 2018 11:43:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday that it is alarmed at a spike in intercommunal violence in central Mali which over the past weeks has driven some 3,000 people into neighbouring Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • UN chief, Security Council condemn deadly attack on peacekeepers in Mali
    16 april 2018 06:27:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on political leaders in Mali to ensure those responsible for a deadly assault on peacekeepers serving in the north are brought to justice. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    11 april 2018 22:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has condemned the latest killing and wounding of the world body’s peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) during an exchange of fire with armed groups on 10 April. Full text...

  • Security Council urges end to recurring cycles of instability in Great Lakes region
    10 april 2018 22:32:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for an end to the recurring cycles of violence and instability in Africa’s Great Lakes region, as a senior UN official reported that some armed groups are continuing attacks on civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • 'Lake Chad Basin areas reclaimed from Boko Haram must be stabilised'
    23 march 2018 06:29:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - It is critical to shore up areas of Lake Chad Basin freed from the grip of Boko Haram, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, as she also called for efforts to rebuild the lives of women and girls that have suffered at the hands of the terrorist group. Full text...

  • Senior UN official warns of escalation of violence in DRC
    20 march 2018 06:33:18
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The humanitarian crisis and the resulting suffering will only worsen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) if persistent violence is not brought under control and there is no political transition, the top United Nations relief official warned on Monday. Full text...

  • EU-UN initiative on gender-based violence spotlights needs of most marginalized women, girls
    14 march 2018 06:50:13
    New York, US (PANA) - As #MeToo activists continue to push for political, economic and social equality between the sexes, a key question is being asked: Are marginalized women and girls – ones who are part of indigenous communities, disabled, or part of the lesbian and transgender community – being heard? Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns attack on education workers in CAR
    07 march 2018 06:51:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday denounced an attack against education workers that killed six, including one UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consultant, who were traveling in the north-western prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN condemns deadly attacks on ‘blue helmets,’ armed forces in Mali
    01 march 2018 19:36:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the attack in Mali that killed four Bangladeshi peacekeepers and seriously injured four others in Mopti region on WednesdayFull text...

  • UN deputy aid chief urges assistance as insecurity deepens in Lake Chad basin
    27 february 2018 07:36:39
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Amid growing insecurity in Lake Chad, a senior United Nations relief official on Monday said the international community and the Government of Cameroon must step up support for humanitarian action in the country, which is most affected by regionwide violence sparked by Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN determined to end gender violence in conflict zones
    21 february 2018 18:43:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Combating Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Pamela Payne, has affirmed the UN keenness to end sexual violence in conflict zones in Sudan. Full text...

  • ICRC decries Libya triangle of tragedy
    16 february 2018 17:50:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As Libya enters its eighth year of conflict, the humanitarian situation of the population is relentlessly deteriorating amid persistent armed conflict, violence and insecurity, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on DRC's deadly conflict
    15 february 2018 15:13:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Despite 13 million people now needing emergency assistance following escalating violence in DR Congo, the aid response falls far from meeting even minimum lifesaving needs in worst affected areas, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned Thursday. Full text...

  • More than 300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan – UN mission
    07 february 2018 22:15:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Some 300 child soldiers, including 87 girls, were formally released by armed groups in South Sudan, the United Nations mission in the country reported on Wednesday, calling on all stakeholders to support the young people on the journey back to their communities and help them build a future for themselves. Full text...

  • Rights group says South Sudan warring parties break promises on child soldiers
    06 february 2018 05:57:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups have continued to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • More than 1 billion women lack legal protection against domestic sexual violence – WB study
    01 february 2018 19:06:27
    Washington, US (PANA) - More than one billion women lack legal protection against domestic sexual violence, says a new research from the World Bank. Full text...

  • Rights group says displaced Benghazi families prevented from returning home
    01 february 2018 07:05:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Armed groups in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi are preventing thousands of internally displaced families from returning to their homes in that city, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council stresses need for 'sustainable solutions' for millions displaced in Darfur
    01 february 2018 05:36:45
    New York, US (PANA) – Despite improvements in the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, continued challenges remain, the United Nations Security Council has said, underlining the need for sustainable solutions for the region’s 2.7 million internally displaced persons. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of 'blue helmet' in DR Congo
    28 january 2018 04:52:00
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the killing on Saturday of a peacekeeper with the United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was ambushed in the vast country's restive east, Secretary-General António Guterres again called on armed groups there to lay down their weapons and seek to resolve their grievances peacefully. Full text...

  • At least seven killed at religious gathering in northern Ethiopia – UN rights office
    23 january 2018 20:24:18
    Geneva, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations human rights arm on Tuesday voiced deep concern over the deaths of at least seven people celebrating a religious festival in Ethiopia as security forces reportedly tried to stop them from shouting anti-Government chants. Full text...

  • UN mission issues 48-hour ultimatum to CAR armed groups
    18 january 2018 07:09:29
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Mission in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR), known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, has given armed groups in the north of the country 48 hours to clear out. Full text...

  • Violent clashes in CAR displace thousands of people - MSF
    09 january 2018 16:25:10
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - About 30,000 people have fled violent clashes between two groups in the the Paoua region of Central African Republic (CAR), a medical charity said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for restraint amid reports security forces violently dispersed Kinshasa protests
    01 january 2018 08:39:20
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to exercise restraint amid reports of a violent crackdown by national security forces on demonstrations in the capital, Kinshasa, and a number of other cities. Full text...

  • Guterres condemns attack on church near Cairo
    30 december 2017 04:12:16
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack that took place on Friday outside Mar Mina church in the Helwan district, south of Cairo, Egypt. Full text...

  • UNHCR says fresh DR Congo violence fuels displacement to Uganda
    22 december 2017 19:38:16
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, sxays it is witnessing a sharp rise in the number of people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) seeking safety in Uganda. Full text...

  • Zambia Minister advocates for law on spousal rape
    18 december 2017 09:48:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Minister of Higher Education Prof. Nkanda Luo has called for laws to address rape in the matrimonial bedroom, saying it is a big part of gender-based violence (GBV), the state-run Times of Zambia reported on Monday.Full text...

  • Number of people in crisis grows as South Sudan conflict enters fourth year
    14 december 2017 14:56:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six months ago, a massive humanitarian response addressed the famine that broke out in South Sudan, a country in which today an estimated 4.8 million people still face severe food insecurity – an increase of 1.1 million from last year, Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. Full text...

  • New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo’s Kasai region - UNICEF
    12 december 2017 19:44:57
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in DR Congo
    11 december 2017 07:01:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – At least 14 United Nations 'blue helmets' in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured, in what the Secretary-General António Guterres described as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history, the UN updated on Sunday. Full text...

  • Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report
    10 december 2017 16:00:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched on Sunday in the country's capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

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