Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed; Mission deplores ‘heinous act’

A United Nations peacekeeper from Burundi was killed on Sunday while attempting to stop an armed militant attack in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a statement released by the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA. Panic reportedly ensued in the town after they opened fire on the homes of the mayor and sub-prefect. In accordance with its mandate to protect civilians, peacekeepers from the UN Mission immediately intervened to try and end the assault. “One of them…

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African Union to deploy 3,000 troops to Sahel region amid surge of violence

The African Union (AU) has announced a temporary deployment of 3,000 troops to West Africa’s Sahel region, where countries are struggling to combat several armed groups amid a worsening security and humanitarian situation. While final decisions have yet to be published, diplomats confirmed the proposed Sahel deployment came from the AU’s annual summit last month in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. “The summit decided to deploy about 3,000 troops for a period of six months to work with the countries of the Sahel to deal with the menace that…

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Thousands of Cameroonians flee to Nigeria as violence flares

GENEVA (Reuters) – Nearly 8,000 Cameroon refugees have fled to eastern and southern Nigeria in the past two weeks, the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday, as violence flared between security forces and separatist insurgents. The spike in refugees, coming in the run-up to last weekend’s general elections, brings the total number of Cameroonians who have fled to Nigeria to almost 60,000, the U.N. agency said. Conflict between Cameroon’s army and English-speaking militias seeking to form a breakaway…

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Libya civil war: World leaders committed to peace, UN chief says

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said major powers are “fully committed” to a peaceful resolution in Libya after a summit in Berlin. World leaders have pledged not to interfere in Libya’s ongoing civil conflict, and have vowed to uphold a UN arms embargo. The conflict pits powerful General Khalifa Haftar against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). But although both Libyan warring sides were present, they did not meet. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the two sides were…

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UN envoy: ‘Devastating surge’ of attacks in Sahel and West Africa

The United Nations envoy for West Africa and the Sahel says the region has experienced “a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets” in recent months. Mohamed Ibn Chambas told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that the “unprecedented terrorist violence” had shaken public confidence in the region. He said attacks have increased five-fold in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016 with more than 4,000 deaths reported in 2019 compared with an estimated 770 deaths three years before. In Burkina…

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UN Secretary-General Condemns Somalia attack

At least 79 people died and scores more were wounded when a car bomb exploded at a busy checkpoint in the capital, Mogadishu.  Many of the victims were students. UN chief António Guterres has condemned what he described as “this horrendous crime”, according to a statement issued by his spokesman. Mr. Guterres has also extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the blast. “The Secretary-General reiterates the full commitment of…

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Dozens of women dead in Burkina Faso Attack

In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the incursion, which took place in Arbinda, Soum province. Moreover, Mr. Guterres conveyed the solidarity of the UN to the Government and people of the West African nation. “He also reiterated the continued support of the United Nations to the Governments of Burkina Faso and the other countries of the…

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“Unprecedented violence in West Africa”

Peace and Security The UN envoy for West Africa and the vast Sahel region, told the Security Council on Monday that in recent months, the region has been “shaken by unprecedented violence”. An “horrific attack against the Inates military camp, in Niger, still haunts the region”, he asserted, adding that “relentless attacks on civilian and military targets have shaken public confidence”. International forces in the region have also endured significant losses. While acknowledging the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and intercommunal…

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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…

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UN working to prevent attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo

Angry residents torched the town hall and the UN compound in the city of Beni, in North Kivu, protesting what they saw as the failure by Government forces and peacekeepers to prevent a deadly weekend attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, according to media reports. Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN mission, known by the French acronym, MONUSCO, spoke to journalists in New York after briefing the UN Security Council behind closed doors, on what she described as…

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