Violence in Africa -
  • 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...

  • Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in DRC
    09 december 2017 03:57:46
    New York, USA (PANA) – At least 15 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 on Friday as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history. Full text...

  • Hunger crisis, scarce funds could push Kasais in DRC to brink of catastrophe - UN agency
    07 december 2017 22:48:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – An acute hunger emergency ravaging Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s strife-torn Greater Kasai region could transform into a long-term disaster if additional resources are not made available urgently, the United Nations food relief agency warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to do more to protect civilians, help end violence in South Sudan
    07 december 2017 22:30:47
    New York, USA (PANA) – With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country. Full text...

  • DR Congo mega-crisis forcing millions to flee
    06 december 2017 16:37:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Figures released Wednesday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have revealed a grim reality inside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with over 1.7 million people fleeing their homes this year. Full text...

  • DR Congo 'mega crisis' forcing millions to flee
    06 december 2017 10:22:16
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Nowhere have more people been forced to flee in the first six months of this year than in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), according to a major report released on Wednesday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmet’ in east CAR
    05 december 2017 05:38:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing on Monday of a Mauritanian peacekeeper and the wounding of three others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by anti-Balaka militia in Bria in the country’s east. Full text...

  • UN envoy in South Sudan envoy condemns ‘horrific’ killings of civilians in Jonglei
    30 november 2017 05:21:56
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The most senior United Nations official in South Sudan has condemned the “horrific” killing of some 45 civilians in the Jonglei region on Tuesday when a Murle ethnic group attacked a Dinka village. Full text...

  • UN 'strongly condemns' attack that kills peacekeeper in CAR
    27 november 2017 18:49:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council have strongly condemned Sunday's attack allegedly perpetrated by the anti-Balaka group against a convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, in which one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured. Full text...

  • Intensified fighting forces over 10,000 people to flee in Somalia - NRC
    27 november 2017 05:58:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Aerial bombardment and ground fighting in Somalia’s Middle and Lower Shabelle regions this month have forced over 10,000 people to flee for their lives, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN urges global action on violence against women, girls
    22 november 2017 22:15:27
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  • UN chief condemns Nigeria mosque suicide attack that claims 50 lives
    22 november 2017 04:50:58
    New Yorkm USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the suicide attack that took place on Tuesday in Adamawa state, Nigeria, which resulted in scores of casualties, and called for those responsible for the “heinous acts” to be swiftly brought to justice. Full text...

  • 'Nearly a third of Darfur’s people still displaced, despite drop in violence'
    16 november 2017 06:44:57
    New York, USA (PANA) – The armed groups in Darfur have largely been defeated and the ferocity of intercommunal violence has declined, but anxiety over safety continues to keep many people from returning to their homes, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Violence breaks out in Freetown between 2 political parties
    06 november 2017 19:49:57
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Violence broke out on Monday in the central Freetown between supporters of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) over a radio talk show.Full text...

  • Nigeria Navy vows to protect oil, gas facilities in Niger Delta
    06 november 2017 19:33:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following recent threats by the militant group in Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers, to resume hostilities on oil and gas facilities in the oil-rich region, the Nigerian Navy has vowed to protect all national assets and deter the action of hostile groups.Full text...

  • NGO says people displaced in DR Congo face horrific living conditions
    01 november 2017 10:15:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An international humanitarian organisation is warning that people displaced by violence in Tanganyika province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are facing appalling living conditions. Full text...

  • Libyan officials report 36 unidentified bodies found alongside road to Benghazi
    27 october 2017 17:29:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 36 bodies of unidentified persons have been found along the main road linking Al-Abiar city to Benghazi, Libyan security officials said on Friday indicating the persistence of insecurity in the country. Full text...

  • Rights group says civilians targeted in CAR as violence surges
    27 october 2017 05:32:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Violence threatening civilians has surged in recent months in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) south-central and southeastern regions, a human rightswatchdog said on Friday. Full text...

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