Violence in Africa -
  • Militants disrupt opposition party campaigns, candidates decry state repression
    10 december 2018 13:41:09
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Presidential election candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been met with violence on the campaign trail, with several officials calling for an international investigation. Full text...

  • UN mission in South Sudan, UNICEF condemn ‘brutal’ sexual assaults on roads to Bentiu
    04 december 2018 04:20:23
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on women and girls, travelling on the road to Bentiu, a town in the north of the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Libyans worried about rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups, senior security officers
    03 december 2018 13:16:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - In the face of rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups and people in charge of official security in the Libyan capital, a question that is popping is: Are they to settle scores within the armed groups or the result of weak security arrangements? Full text...

  • Armed groups threaten every child in Central African Republic, UNICEF warns
    30 november 2018 04:35:21
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A new study released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that the deteriorating crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), five years into the latest civil conflict to hit the country, has left practically every child needing protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of the country’s territory. Full text...

  • UN Somali mission head condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, Galkayo
    27 november 2018 03:35:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The top United Nations official in Somalia has “strongly condemned” terrorist attacks in the north-central city of Galkayo and in the Somali capital on Monday, which left a prominent cleric and a number of other civilians dead. Full text...

  • Guterres censures terrorist attacks in Nigeria, pledges UN ‘solidarity’
    26 november 2018 20:01:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the recurrent attacks by terrorists and other extremist groups in northern Nigeria that have taken a heavy toll on civilians and security forces. Full text...

  • Former director of security in Tripoli escapes assassination attempt
    26 november 2018 10:36:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Salah Ramadan al-Samoui, former director of security in Tripoli, has escaped an assassination attempt by unknown gunmen, the Libyan Ministry of the Interior of the National Union Government has announced. Full text...

  • UN Mission in Libya condemns deadly attack against police in country’s south-east
    25 november 2018 19:14:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned a terrorist attack on a police station in Tezirbu, an oasis town in south-east of the country. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities condemn armed attack on police station
    24 november 2018 13:02:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan authorities have vehemently condemned the armed attack on Friday against Tazerbou police station in the southeast of the country that claimed eight lives and left 11 persons, including civilians, injured.Full text...

  • Experts call for end to global epidemic of killings of women
    24 november 2018 06:18:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and other UN and regional human rights experts have called on all States and relevant stakeholders to end the global epidemic of ‘femicide’, or gender-related killings of women, and gender-based violence against women. Full text...

  • Vital oilfield in southern Libya attacked
    22 november 2018 11:15:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The al-Charara oilfield in southern Libya was on Wednesday afternoon attacked by an armed gang, Akakus Company, a subsidiary of the Libyan National Company (NOC), has announced. Full text...

  • 8 wounded in Benghazi explosion
    22 november 2018 10:17:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Eight people were injured on Wednesday evening in an explosion in a district west of al-Salamani in Benghazi in the east of Libya, reflecting the persistent violence in the city, medical and local sources said. Full text...

  • UN warns that more than 60% people now need urgent humanitarian assistance in CAR
    22 november 2018 06:11:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People’s needs in Central African Republic (CAR) have increased significantly in recent months, the top United Nations aid official in the country warned on Wednesday, amid worsening localised violence that has included the recent torching of two camps for displaced people. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on funds for emergency relief in Mali
    21 november 2018 11:34:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Humanitarian agencies, having run out of funds, are unable to provide emergency relief to starving women and children fleeing from inter-communal violence in central and northern Mali, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Wednesday.Full text...

  • Cameroon violence condemned by UN human rights office
    21 november 2018 04:10:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Continuing insecurity in Cameroon has been condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) amid reports of killings by armed groups and State forces that has prompted mass internal displacement. Full text...

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges Cameroonians to stop acts of violence
    20 november 2018 19:52:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday urged all opposing sides in the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon to refrain from acts of violence that have, for more than a year now, left the population in these regions living in fear, unable to access their basic human rights. Full text...

  • Ethnic violence in Oromia-Somali region displaces 200,000 people in Ethiopia
    20 november 2018 09:13:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethnic conflict along the Oromia-Somali region provincial boundaries in Ethiopia, has displaced over 200,000 people into camps within the region, an aid agency said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief says Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’
    16 november 2018 02:09:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Africa’s crisis-torn Sahel region needs support from the international community “now more than ever”, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo
    16 november 2018 02:01:53
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Gutteres has condemned Wednesday's killing of seven peacekeepers serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is also confronting a lethal Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • 'More than 5,000 people sheltering in MSF-supported hospital after violent CAR clashes'
    15 november 2018 05:15:48
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Fighting between two armed groups in Batangafo, in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR), in late October drove more than 10,000 people to seek shelter in Batangafo hospital, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • More than 10,000 seek refuge in medical charity's hospital in CAR
    03 november 2018 04:15:14
    Batangafo, CAR (PANA) - Following clashes between armed groups that took place last Wednesday in the north and centre of the Central African Republic (CAR), more than 10,000 people have fled to seek refuge in the compound of a hospital supported by medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Full text...

  • UN calls for swift implementation of security arrangements to stabilise Libya
    02 november 2018 20:15:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called on the National Accord Government to promptly implement the new security arrangements in Tripoli that will replace armed groups with regular and disciplined safety military forces.Full text...

  • 'Spike in violence in Somalia forces 21,000 people to flee their homes'
    01 november 2018 12:03:44
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Multiple regions in Somalia have seen a rise in fighting in October, pushing thousands of families into crisis, a humanitarian charity said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Nigeria security forces for 'killing' of at least 45 peaceful Shi’a protesters
    01 november 2018 05:31:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says its investigation shows that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as the Shi’a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja. Full text...

  • 4 killed, several taken hostage in attack in central Libya
    29 october 2018 12:32:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Four people, including the son of the mayor of the city of al-Fouqaha, in the central region of al-Jafra, have been killed following attacks against a police station in city and clashes between the citizens and armed groups on Sunday night, the municipal authorities said on Monday on their Facebook page.Full text...

  • Two peacekeepers in Mali dead after dawn attack, several injured – UN Mission
    27 october 2018 17:39:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, reported on Saturday that two peacekeepers had been killed and several others wounded, following on from a coordinated attack at dawn, on a base in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon to conduct more joint operations along common borders
    26 october 2018 09:12:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian and Cameroonian armies have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of sustained joint military operations to end insurgency within the fringes of their common borders in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses South Sudanese soldiers of attacking civilians in Western Region
    24 october 2018 05:09:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog has accused South Sudanese soldiers of attacking civilians and civilian property in counterinsurgency operations in the south and west of Wau that began in June 2018. Full text...

  • Killing of farmers threatens food security in northeast Nigeria
    24 october 2018 04:51:44
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - Repeated attacks against farmers risk aggravating the food crisis in northeast Nigeria. Farmers must be protected so they can cultivate their lands and return to their families alive, urged the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a humanitarian charity, has said. Full text...

  • 'Reasons to hope’ for sustainable peace in Central African Republic – UN Mission chief
    23 october 2018 19:22:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR), said on Tuesday he is “hopeful that the necessary foundations to build sustainable peace” have been established and that long-lasting stability will depend on the will of its people, and support from the international community. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers
    22 october 2018 19:21:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday he is “outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups” near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North Kivu region, which has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since August. Full text...

  • UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan
    19 october 2018 03:54:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release. Full text...

  • Survey reveals 68.1% of women in Mauritania are victims of gender-based violence
    18 october 2018 11:10:23
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Gender-based violence remains an issue that sparks huge concerns in Mauritania, despite progress made over the past few years to end it. Full text...

  • Anti-slavery NGO denounces police clampdown on protesters
    09 october 2018 17:10:25
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA or IRA-Mauritania), an anti-slavery NGO in Mauritania, has denounced what it called "a barbaric oppression by police officers against a sit-in group of militants resulting in injury to 9 people. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for world to follow Gandhi’s example on International Day of Non-Violence
    02 october 2018 06:52:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the world to follow the “enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi” on the International Day of Non-Violence, which falls on 2 October - the birthday of the iconic leader who led India to independence, and inspired civil rights movements across the globe. Full text...

  • UN chief celebrates spirit of hope in Mali, calls for greater international support
    27 september 2018 06:36:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Climate change, poverty, violence… As countless challenges hamper the stability and development of Mali and the Sahel region, a high-level event on Wednesday explored progress made in the implementation of the UN Support Plan for the Sahel (UNSS), and galvanized renewed commitment for the Malian peace process initiated in 2015. Full text...

  • Increasing hostilities in Libya taking heavy toll on civilians, warns UN relief official
    25 september 2018 19:14:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official in Libya has voiced deep alarm at the humanitarian impact of increasing hostilities in Tripoli, which has led over two days to the deaths of 11 people, most of them civilians, and the wounding of 18 others. Full text...

  • UN chief “alarmed” by violations of UN-backed ceasefire in Libya
    22 september 2018 19:56:24
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated on Friday that he is “alarmed by the increasing number of violations of the ceasefire” in the capital of Libya, Tripoli, which has led to the death of dozens of civilians. Full text...

  • Rights group says horrific violence escalates further in Cameroon's Anglophone regions
    18 september 2018 06:11:04
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The brutal attacks against ordinary people and security forces are further proof of the horrific escalation of violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Top UN official in Nigeria condemns killing of abducted aid worker
    18 september 2018 05:21:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, on Monday condemned the killing of an aid worker who had been held captive by a non-state armed group in north-east Nigeria since March. Full text...

  • South Sudanese gov't must bring soldiers under control, urges UN mission chief
    15 september 2018 16:23:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - A “lack of command and control” on the part of South Sudan’s government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said. Full text...

  • UN chief urges calm as violence erupts in Libyan capital
    02 september 2018 13:55:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Condemning the escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and grant humanitarian relief to those in need. Full text...

  • Some 17 million people live in areas affected by conflict areas in Lake Chad region - MSF
    05 august 2018 03:29:10
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Around 17 million people live in areas affected by the violent conflict between non-state armed groups and military forces in the Lake Chad region, which has spread across Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. More than 2.3 million people have been forced from their homes and remain displaced today. Full text...

  • UN calls for restraint in Zimbabwe; presidential election results expected to be announced
    02 august 2018 05:04:39
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The United Nations is calling for restraint in Zimbabwe where deadly clashes in Harare on Wednesday between demonstrators of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protesting Monday's election results claimed three lives. Full text...

  • Villages ‘reduced to ash’ amid ‘barbaric violence’ in DR Congo - UNHCR
    14 july 2018 06:06:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of “barbaric violence”. Full text...

  • Security Council renews mandates of UN force monitoring separation area in two areas
    01 july 2018 06:25:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Adopting separate resolutions, the United Nations Security Council has extended the mandates of the Organization’s Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • UN condemns deadly attack against G5 Sahel force headquarters in Mali
    01 july 2018 06:20:04
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the attack against the G5 Sahel joint force Headquarters in Mali’s restive Mopti region. Full text...

  • Rights group warns against downsizing UN mission in Darfur
    29 june 2018 06:18:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - International human rights group, Amnesty International, has warned against downsizing the United Nations mission in Darfur, Sudan, saying that is not an option amid ongoing attacks in the region. Full text...

  • UN experts warn of ‘crimes against humanity,’ and risk of new ethnic violence in DR Congo
    27 june 2018 05:24:52
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Defence and security forces along with the Kamuina Nsapu and Bana Mura militias have committed “crimes against humanity and war crimes” in the of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, United Nations experts said on Tuesday following an investigation. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for calm as clashes leave over 20 dead in Mali's Mopti region
    27 june 2018 05:05:55
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for calm and restraint in the Mopti region of central Mali, where over 20 people are reported to have been killed in intercommunal clashes over the weekend. Full text...

Special File - Violence in Africa

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