Violence in Africa -
  • 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...

  • UNHCR condemns violence that leaves four refugees dead in Uganda camp
    21 june 2018 07:46:09
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has expressed deep regrets at the tragic loss of life that followed a scuffle between two male refugees in Rhino Camp in Uganda on 17 June. Full text...

  • Gambia suspends mining following killing of two men in sand winning dispute
    19 june 2018 10:31:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has announced the suspension of mining activities in the country following clashes between the police and some people in the village of Faraba Bantang on Monday, which claimed the lives of two men in a dispute over sand wining. Full text...

  • What’s behind the spike in terrorist-type violence in northern Mozambique?
    14 june 2018 16:18:39
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A sudden upsurge in brutal violence in northern Mozambique, including the beheading of women and children, has sounded alarms that a violent jihadist movement like Boko Haram or al-Shabaab could be evolving in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • Terrorism, violent extremism affecting Central Africa - UN envoy
    14 june 2018 06:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to affect all of Central Africa and divert government resources from much-needed development programmes to costly security operations, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ICC launches fund to assist victims of atrocities by Bemba's militia in CAR
    13 june 2018 19:20:44
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to launch an assistance fund for victims of former vice president of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, following his acquittal by the ICC Appeals Chamber on 8 June on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Cameroon's Anglophone regions gripped by 'deadly violence', says Amnesty International
    12 june 2018 06:51:26
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Armed separatists in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have stabbed to death and shot military personnel, burned down schools and attacked teachers, while security forces have tortured people, fired on crowds and destroyed villages, in a spiral of violence that keeps getting more deadly, human rights advocate Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Mozambican gov't to end brutal killings by armed group
    08 june 2018 05:40:19
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Amnesty International has urged the Mozambican authorities to take immediate steps to end a killing spree in the Cabo Delgado Province, which has seen at least 37 people brutally killed by a group known as ‘Al-Shabab’ in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • UN chief strongly denounces latest attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    05 june 2018 04:07:25
    New York, US (P) ANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a UN peacekeeper from Tanzania and injured seven others while they were patrolling in the west of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN chief calls for calm in Mali following violent clashes in capital
    03 june 2018 03:48:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for “calm and restraint” on Saturday, following violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police in Mali’s capital Bamako. Full text...

  • MSF says thousands of people caught in intense fighting in northern S. Sudan
    31 may 2018 11:31:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says since the end of April, the conflict-ravaged counties of Leer and Mayendit, in South Sudan’s north, have once again been wracked by violence. Full text...

  • CAR crisis ‘breaks my heart’, says senior UN aid official
    29 may 2018 06:03:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian civil society organisations mourn victims of violence
    28 may 2018 10:58:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian civil society groups have declared Monday "a national day of mourning and remembrance to honor the victims of violence" across the country. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Violence in Africa

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