Violence in Africa -
  • CAR: 'Fresh violence in Central African Republic displaces thousands'
    04 february 2017 09:52:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Condemning attacks on civilians and non-governmental organizations in a town in Central African Republic (CAR)’s Ouham-Pendé province, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called for the protection of civilians as well as for unhindered relief access to the affected areas. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Violence in Libya killed 16, injured 12 civilians in January, 2017'
    02 february 2017 13:07:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Violence across Libya claimed the lives of 16 persons and left 12 others injured in January, according to the monthly report of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which was issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges calm in Central African Republic town
    25 january 2017 19:02:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following rising tensions in Central African Republic’s Ouaka prefecture and in and around its town of Bambari, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Michel Yao, has appealed for calm and refraining from any act that could further increase the fragility of an already vulnerable population.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kill 3 police officers, two declared missing
    08 january 2017 18:02:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Sunday confirmed the killing of three police officers and the disappearance of two others in an attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa, North East Nigeria.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military warns militants on violence, vows to protect the country
    08 january 2017 10:27:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has responded to threats issued by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume the bombing of oil and gas pipelines in the region, vowing to protect the country and all its vital and key installations. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia expresses concern over violence in Gaalkacyo
    25 december 2016 18:17:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating has expressed concern over renewed violence in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo, and called on all parties to honour the ceasefire agreement. Full text...

  • US: Ban urges political leaders to put country ahead of partisan considerations
    22 december 2016 06:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on DR Congo political leaders to place the interests of the country and its people above partisan considerations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 20 killed, 10,000 displaced in herdsmen, farmers violence in northeast Nigeria
    21 december 2016 18:16:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 20 persons have lost their lives and about 10,000 others were displaced in the recent communal clash between herdsmen and farmers in Dan-Anacha village of Gassol local government area, Taraba State in northeast Nigeria, the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria expresses concern over DRC conflict
    21 december 2016 09:07:50
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government on Wednesday expressed its deep concern over the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy 'concerned' about wave of arrests, detentions in DR Congo
    21 december 2016 06:49:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed grave concern over the wave of arrests and arbitrary detention “of those who seek to express their political views” in the country over the past three days, and reiterated the necessity for all Congolese authorities to respect the rules of the country and ensure protection of free speech. Full text...

  • US: US condemns DR Congo violence; urges all sides to exercise restraint
    21 december 2016 06:35:43
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence that has occurred in the capital of DR Congo, Kinshasa, and other parts of the country since Monday and appealed to all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from statements or actions that could incite further violence. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern of potential violence in DRC
    17 december 2016 07:14:34
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is deeply concerned about the potential for unrest and violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on or around 19 December, when President Joseph Kabila’s second and final term in office is to end with the inauguration of a democratically elected successor. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes temporary cessation of hostilities for civilian evacuation in Ganfouda
    11 december 2016 06:17:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya has welcomed the announcement of a temporary cessation of hostilities by the Libyan National Army in the Ganfouda area, Benghazi, to allow evacuation of civilians, and called on the parties to the conflict to ensure that civilians are protected. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD Summit condemns systematic killings in South Sudan
    10 december 2016 20:16:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A Summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned the systematic killings and violence in South Sudan and called on the African Union (AU) to act urgently to stop large-scale violence in the world’s youngest state. Full text...

  • US: Recent violence in CAR spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told
    08 december 2016 05:35:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF launches new video campaign against child violence
    05 december 2016 18:58:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday launched a new video illustrating the "all too common" forms of violence as tattoos on the body of the famous footballer and advocate for protection of children, David Beckham. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern on violence in South Sudan's Equatoria region
    05 december 2016 18:42:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday said it was alarmed by the violence in the Equatoria region of South Sudan and concerned it could quickly spiral out of control. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief expresses concern over renewed violence in CAR
    29 november 2016 15:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), which reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the armed groups to immediately and "genuinely" commit to peace. Full text...

  • CAR: UN envoy demands protection of civilians as scores killed in CAR violence
    26 november 2016 04:57:09
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has killed scores of people.Full text...

  • US: US government condemns violence against women, girls
    25 november 2016 16:08:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday reaffirmed its belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, and women and girls have the right to live free from violence, noting that countries are stronger when homes, neighbourhoods, and communities are safe for everyone. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam kick-starts global campaign to end violence against women, girls
    24 november 2016 12:44:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam on Thursday, as the agency launched a new global campaign called 'Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls' to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council 'deeply alarmed' over escalation of ethnic violence in S. Sudan
    19 november 2016 19:19:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning attacks against civilians, ethnically targeted killings, hate speech, and incitements to violence in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council has called for urgent steps to address increasing hate speech and ethnic violence, and to promote reconciliation among the people, including through a process of justice and accountability.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nine dead in clash between Muslim Shiite group, security agencies in northwestern Nigeria
    14 november 2016 20:00:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Monday confirmed the death of eight members of the Muslim Shiite sect and a policeman during a violent clash in an operation carried out jointly by the Nigeria Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) the northwestern city of Kano. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government sets up panel to stop violence in Niger Delta
    11 november 2016 13:53:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has set up a committee, the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme, to come up with solutions to the bombing of pipelines and proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Niger Delta region.Full text...

  • Somalia: UN concerned by ceasefire in Somalia's Gaalkacyo state
    07 november 2016 17:52:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations office in Somalia said Monday it was "deeply concerned" by the breakdown of the ceasefire in Gaalkacyo and the continuing failure of the Puntland and Galmudug administrations to implement agreements, including the one signed on 2 December 2015 and again on 1 November 2016. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ ceasefire violations in Mali
    04 november 2016 06:18:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning repeated violations of the ceasefire arrangements by the Plateforme and Coordination in and around northern Mali’s restive Kidal town, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday warned that such acts threaten the viability of the peace agreement in the country and called on the armed groups to immediately cease hostilities and return to dialogue.Full text...

  • US: US condemns violence in Central African Republic
    27 october 2016 05:29:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence surrounding protests on 24 October in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR), that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others and called on all Central Africans to reject violence and refrain from rhetoric that could incite violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns violence, attacks in CAR
    26 october 2016 13:45:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the outbreak of violence on 24 October in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others. Full text...

  • UN: UN says 18 people killed, 60 injured in north-central Somalia
    24 october 2016 18:45:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured in the ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, in the last two weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitors situation in DRC
    17 october 2016 15:38:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Monday said her office was closely monitoring the recent violence in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about violence in Tripoli
    17 october 2016 06:42:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern about reports of violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the use of force to take over the headquarters of the State Council. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill suicide bomber in north east Nigeria
    15 october 2016 19:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian soldiers in the North Eastern State of Adamawa on Saturday morning shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber near a military base, according to the Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR condemns rising violence against civilians in CAR
    13 october 2016 16:52:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday condemned attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations.Full text...

  • UN: UN mission concerned over increased violence in South Sudan
    12 october 2016 15:22:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Wednesday said it is "extremely concerned" over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country in the last few weeks, including heavy artillery and gunfire exchanges between the government and opposition forces in Leer town. Full text...

  • US: Political polarization in DRC may spark ‘large-scale violence,’ UN envoy warns
    12 october 2016 05:23:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The top United Nations official in DR Congo has warned of "an extremely fragile political situation" in country, where “actors on all sides appear more and more willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM assures Germany's Merkel violence probe underway
    11 october 2016 17:52:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has assured visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel an investigation into the conduct of security forces dealing with violence outside the capital, Addis Ababa, has been launched to determine if human rights were violated. Full text...

  • US: UN experts urge Ethiopia to allow international panel to probe violence
    11 october 2016 05:34:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Urging Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015, two United Nations human rights experts on Monday further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army marksman intercepts, kills suicide bomber in north eastern Nigeria
    06 october 2016 15:55:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Thursday said its marksman killed a Boko Haram male suicide bomber who attempted to infiltrate through the Army’s forward defences in Maiduguri, the epicentre of terrorist violence in North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for non-violence for peace to thrive
    02 october 2016 19:20:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday stressed the link between non-violence, peace and nature as the UN observed the International Day of Non-Violence. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says its troops killed 7 militants in Cross River State
    30 september 2016 14:40:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said its troops from the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, in the early hours of Friday killed seven armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of the south south Cross River State. Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitoring recent deadly violence in DRC - Prosecutor
    23 september 2016 19:09:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Friday said the ICC was monitoring the recent deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which claimed some lives and left others injuredFull text...

  • Nigeria: 611 teachers killed by Boko Haram in 6 years, 19,000 flee North Eastern Nigeria
    23 september 2016 16:04:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations (UN) Friday said that 611 teachers were killed and 19,000 forced to flee the North-Eastern part of Nigeria between 2009 and 2015 due to the Boko Haram insurgency.Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International urges restraint in DR Congo
    21 september 2016 13:08:26
    Nairobi, Kenya(PANA) - Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must show restraint in their handling of protests to ensure that they do not inflame tensions in the country, Amnesty International said Wednesday.Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges Gabon's president, opposition leader to curb post-election violence
    04 september 2016 19:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Gabon's President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and Mr. Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Democratie Nouvelle party, to do their parts to end violence that ensued after the recent closely-contested presidential election in the African country.Full text...

  • US: US 'concerned' over post-election constraints on media freedom in Zambia
    02 september 2016 07:57:03
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is disappointed that politically motivated violence and constraints on media freedom have continued after Zambia’s 11 August general election.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force gunship destroys new Boko Haram camp
    30 august 2016 15:39:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Tuesday said its helicopter gunship on Monday night “successfully” destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in north-eastern Borno State.Full text...

  • Nigeria: New Niger Delta militant group blows up major pipeline delivery line
    30 august 2016 15:25:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Despite the ceasefire deal by mainstream Niger Delta militants and the Nigerian government, a new militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement (NDGJM), said it blew up the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Shorelines Petroleum in south-south Delta state. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram violence takes “devastating toll” on children in Lake Chad Basin
    25 august 2016 19:12:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Years of violence by Islamist Boko Haram militants have taken a “devastating toll” on children living in the Lake Chad Basin, UNICEF said Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: 10 pro-govt forces killed, 71 injured in Daesh clashes in Sirte
    18 august 2016 11:39:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Ten Libyan pro-governmental security forces were killed and 71 others injured on Wednesday in clashes with terrorists of the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) in Sirte.Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief says South Sudan crisis worsening
    11 august 2016 15:02:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, has again painted a grave picture of the enormous humanitarian crisis facing South Sudan and the devastating impact of the ongoing violence on its people. Full text...

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