Violence in Africa -
  • 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...

  • AU, US Mission to AU to hold 1st-ever Counter Violent Extremism Week
    25 october 2017 04:50:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States Mission to the African Union and the African Union are putting on their first ever Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Week at the African Union Commission from 25 - 27 October, 2017. Full text...

  • Unidentified armed men burn school, buildings in northern Burkina Faso
    19 october 2017 20:51:33
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Unidentified armed men on Thursday burned down several buildings, including a public primary school, in the village of Tem, in northern Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Calm returns to Tripoli after Tuesday's bloody clashes
    18 october 2017 19:27:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Calm returned to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Wednesday after violent clashes in the eastern suburb of al-Ghararat and the seaport claimed three lives on Tuesday and left 14 persons wounded, one of them seriously, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • CAR: UN Special Adviser condemns incitement of violence and hatred in CAR
    14 october 2017 06:54:33
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has strongly condemned provocation of ethnic and religious hatred armed groups and politicians in the Central African Republic and called for the need for urgent, concerted and coordinated steps to end violence, defuse inter-community tensions and alleviate the suffering of the civilian population. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICRC raises red flag over displacement, spike in violence in DRC
    11 october 2017 10:59:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Violence and repeated armed clashes in several provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are causing alarming levels of human suffering, a top humanitarian aid organization said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Enraged man hacks six people with machete, hangs himself in Burundi
    10 october 2017 18:53:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Six villagers were hacked to death by 24 year-old Claude Mbarushimana on Monday night in eastern Burundi's Karusi province, National Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office urges dialogue in Cameroon to address decades-long grievances
    06 october 2017 16:23:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Voicing concern over tensions in Cameroon, the United Nations human rights wing has urged the Government and dissatisfied groups to engage in a meaningful political dialogue to fully address long standing grievances. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for restraint in troubled Cameroon territory
    06 october 2017 11:45:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for restraint from acts of violence in the English-speaking North West and South West regions of Cameroon. Full text...

  • Libya: 12 killed, 23 wounded in violence in Libya in September, says UNSML
    03 october 2017 11:22:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSML) has stated in its monthly report issued on Monday evening in Tripoli that 12 civilians were killed and 23 others injured in violence in the North African country in September 2017. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali senior officer killed in Mogadishu
    25 september 2017 11:50:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A senior Somali Army officer was murdered on Sunday evening in the capital, Mogadishu, by unidentified armed men, the website La Nouvelle Somalie reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US condemns brutal killings of Burundi nationals in Eastern DR Congo
    21 september 2017 13:48:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The U.S. government has said it was dismayed by the "violence and death" of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), insisting that perpetrators must be held accountable, in a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • US: EU, UN launch new initiative to eliminate gender violence
    20 september 2017 22:57:36
    New York, US (PANA) – The European Union and the United Nations on Wednesday launched a joint initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations across the globe. Full text...

  • CAR: Fresh violence in CAR leads to more displaced persons – UN agency
    16 september 2017 06:37:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Expressing concern over continued violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the resulting “massive new levels” of displacement, the United Nations refugee agency has underscored the need to ensure that relief workers are not made targets of hostilities and are given the humanitarian security they need to carry out their mission. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN South Sudan envoy says security improved northwest
    14 september 2017 19:57:24
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The security situation in north-western South Sudan has improved with displaced people returning home, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country has said, holding up the situation in Wau as a “model” for other parts where displacement rose so far this year. Full text...

  • DRC: Over 7 million children forced out of school by DR Congo conflict - NRC
    11 september 2017 11:33:32
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The education situation in DR Congo is alarming, with 7.4 million children out of school across the country due to civil conflicts, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned on Monday.Full text...

  • Kenya: Deprivation, poverty key factors driving violent extremism in Africa - UNDP
    07 september 2017 10:00:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says in a new report. Full text...

  • Libya: Militants shut down three oilfields in Libya
    29 august 2017 13:32:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen have closed down three oilfields in Libya, prompting the state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) to stop production, official sources reported on Sunday, quoting a local oil source. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNICEF warns on ‘dramatic’ rise in CAR violence
    15 august 2017 17:47:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uneasy calm restored in Kenya after restive post-election period
    14 august 2017 18:40:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Calm has been restored and a semblance of normalcy resumed in Kenya nearly a week after the country went to the polls to elect national leaders, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges Kenyan security forces to exercise restraint in post-election violence
    12 august 2017 18:12:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan security forces should exercise restraint in the face of protests in response to election results, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan post-election violence claims 24 lives
    12 august 2017 18:05:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 24 people were killed in an overnight security crackdown and 93 others have been treated for injuries related to protests in Kenya since the declaration of the Presidential election results, a human rights body and a relief agency said Saturday.Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Investigate police killings of pro-opposition protesters' - Amnesty
    12 august 2017 17:49:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Saturday urged the Kenyan authorities to investigate reports that police shot dead demonstrators protesting against the outcome of the presidential election on Friday night, as protesters gathered again in opposition strongholds. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office unearths DRC gov't complicity in ethnic-based massacres in Kasai
    04 august 2017 11:37:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A report by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has warned that violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be taking on an increasing and disturbing ethnic dimension. Full text...

  • US: Security Council urges all parties in Burundi to cease violence
    03 august 2017 05:54:37
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council deplores ongoing violence, attacks on civilians in CAR
    14 july 2017 05:26:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed concern at the ongoing clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and deplored that civilians from some communities, UN peacekeepers and aid workers continue to be targeted. Full text...

  • Kenya: DRC recommits to fighting sexual violence
    12 july 2017 11:53:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual violence in conflict with the launch of a book on the crime. Full text...

  • US: Security Council warned DRC’s violence on rise amid little political progress
    12 july 2017 06:38:27
    New York, US (PANA) – The security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to be a major source of concern, with violence in the Kasai provinces, in the western part of the vast country, reaching “disturbing” levels, the United Nations Security Council was told on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chief calls for end to dehumanizing treatment of women
    01 july 2017 11:19:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has called for an end to the mistreatment of women caught up in conflict in Somalia, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin through the acceleration of the continental efforts to silence the guns by 2020.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR 'extremely worried' about renewed violence in Central African Republic
    30 june 2017 13:44:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency has voiced concern over a new flow of people fleeing renewed violence in some parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), a country that has already seen a half million people internally displaced and another half a million taking refuge in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief calls for investigation into 'landscape of horror' in DRC's Kasai provinces
    20 june 2017 20:39:32
    New York, US (PANA) – Detailing “harrowing reports” of killings, mutilation and entire villages destroyed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's restive Kasai provinces, the top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent international investigation into the widespread rights violations and abuses there. Full text...

  • US: 'Sexual violence is a threat to every individual's right to a life of dignity' – UN chief
    19 june 2017 19:23:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed “our global commitment to eliminate this scourge”. Full text...

  • US: Top UN peacekeeper expresses solidarity with people of DRC's troubled Kasai region
    17 june 2017 04:08:22
    New York, US (PANA) – As part of his five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the top United Nations peacekeeping official visited the vast country's troubled Kasai region and expressed "deep concern" about the ongoing violence there. Full text...

Special File - Violence in Africa

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