Renewed violence in C.A.R. threatens humanitarian aid

Renewed violence in C.A.R. threatens humanitarian aid

There’s been renewed concern over violence in the Central African Republic of late, and now the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the region says the situation is worse following recent attacks in the northeastern town of Birao. Armed attacks at the weekend, which came two weeks after the fighting on…

Rwanda to take in migrants detained in Libya

Rwanda to take in migrants detained in Libya

Migrants trapped in deteriorating conditions in Libya may be headed to Rwanda, following the announcement Tuesday of a deal between the central African nation, the African Union and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, to evacuate them. “Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to…

Salamé warns that Libya crisis could drive regional chaos

The special envoy to Libya painted a dire portrait for the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, warning of two potentially deadly outcomes if Libya fails to abandon the “chimera” that is a military solution. Ghassan Salamé told the council that one path leads to “continued fratricide amongst the Libyans”…

Burundi officials rubbish warnings in new UN report

High-level officials in Burundi say they strongly reject the conclusions of a United Nations report released Wednesday, one that expressed concern over risks associated with human rights concerns as the volatile nation moves toward 2020 elections. The report, completed by a team of UN experts including Doudou Diène of Senegal…

Ramaphosa condemns South African xenophobia, violence

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday condemned the violence against foreigners that has been sweeping across parts of the country, as mobs loot and attack immigrants and the businesses they own. “The attacks on people who run businesses from foreign nationals is something that is totally unacceptable,” Ramaphosa said…

Another bomb attack threatens Malawi opposition group

In Malawi, plans for a meeting between security officials and opposition leaders with the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) were disrupted Friday by yet another firebomb threat outside the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. Witnesses say an unidentified suspect was seen running toward an HRDC vehicle with the firebomb before escaping….

UN Security Council extends sanctions in Mali

The United Nations Security Council agreed on Thursday to extend sanctions imposed in Mali against those who are interfering with the progress of a 2015 peace agreement for the Sahel nation. The sanctions, now in force until the end of August 2020, were first put in place in 2017. They…

How EOCs can limit the impact of African health disasters

By Ciku Kimeria In 2017, a dengue fever outbreak in Burkina Faso resulted in 12,087 cases and 24 deaths, mostly in the central region. Such outbreaks have historically placed a major strain on Burkina Faso’s public health system and recently led to a call for a more coordinated emergency response…

New AFRICOM head meets with Libya’s Sarraj in Tunis

The new commander for the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) traveled to Tunis this week to meet with Libyan leader Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, who replaced Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser at the end of…

Congolese refugees in Angola are returning home

Congolese refugees who fled to Angola to escape fighting between armed groups and military forces in 2017 are beginning to return home, according to Angolan officials and UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency. Some 8,000 refugees have been on the move for the past week, with more than 1,400 already…

Russia says missing crew of pirated ship believed to be in Nigeria

Russia’s foreign ministry says it is closely following developments since pirates attacked a ship off the coast of West Africa last week and is assisting with negotiations over the safety of eight crew members held hostage. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking at a press conference from Pyatigorsk while attending…

UN warns of intensifying clashes in Libya’s Murzuq

The situation is getting worse in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq, where intensifying clashes with air and drone strikes have left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of civilians, the UN said on Tuesday. “Casualties on all sides of the fighting have continued as a result of…