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‘Continuing Deterioration’ Leaves Mali Facing Critical Security Level: UN Expert

Security in Mali has become critical, with unprecedented incidents of communal violence and increasingly more deadly terror attacks, reported a UN human rights expert on Monday, following a 10-day visit to the country

“I am gravely concerned at the continuing deterioration of the overall security situation, which has now reached a critical threshold”, said Alioune Tine, the UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Mali. “It is time to recognize the inadequacy of the current security responses so Mali can move to more…

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Serious concerns over Sahel, require ‘urgent action’: Senior UN Africa official

The situation in Africa’s Sahel region continues to be “of serious concern and urgent action is needed”, a high-level United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, attributing a rising number of attacks to terrorist armed groups

Over the past six months, security in many parts of the vast area that runs west to east across the continent from Senegal to Sudan, “has continued to deteriorate”, said Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, noting a surge in militancy against security forces and civilians and of “violent incidents…

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‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel puts whole generation at risk, warns UN food agency

Burkina Faso is worst hit, with one-third of the country now a conflict zone

Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said. Warning of an impending humanitarian crisis, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said that if nothing is done…

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More funds needed to counter ‘persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems’ in Ethiopia

More than eight million people in Ethiopia need food, shelter, medicine or other emergency assistance

Ethiopia is beset by “persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems”, the United Nations relief chief said on Tuesday, calling for more international funding as well as support for the Government-led response to the country’s displacement crisis. More than eight million people in Ethiopia need food, shelter, medicine or other emergency assistance.…

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Central Africans ‘need our help now’: UN’s deputy relief chief

The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in Central African Republic (CAR) has jumped from 2.5 million to nearly three million

“Spikes of violence” in previously unaffected areas of the Central African Republic (CAR) have prompted new displacement, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Wednesday, calling for additional funding to meet the humanitarian needs of 2.9 million people. “I have witnessed the level of suffering among people affected…

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Somalia: worst harvest since 2011, with more than 2 million expected to go hungry

The Humanitarian community and Somali Government jointly launched a Drought Response Plan (DIRP) to cover June through December 2019

Somalia’s 2019 cereal harvest is the poorest the country has seen since 2011, when famine strained already scarce resources, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced on Tuesday, blaming unreliable weather patterns and “climatic shocks”. Delayed rains during what is known as the “Gu” peak season for crop growing (April-June), and parched river beds, have produced…

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Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council

Mr. Swan urged Member States to urgently resource a Drought Impact Response Plan issued by the UN and Somali Government

Despite “encouraging” developments, insecurity across Somalia remains a serious concern, James Swan, head of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), warned the Security Council, in his first briefing to the world body since taking office. Mr. Swan noted the effectiveness of the collaboration between the UN and international partners, and…

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Deadly airstrikes and drone hits displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town

9,450 people have been displaced by the violence in and around Murzuq since the beginning of August

Intensifying clashes in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes in recent days have left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday. “Casualties on all sides of the fighting have continued as a result of airstrikes by…

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Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia

Severe underfunding for aid work and insecurity involving the Hema and Lendu groups have meant that increasing numbers are vulnerable

Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.  Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spokesperson Babar Baloch, said that staff had heard numerous…

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Terrorism Survivors: ‘The terrorists killed many people in front of us’

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North Region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives

Hawa Abdu, a 38-year old Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria. She has been living in Minawao, a camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North region of Cameroon, since…