Bachelet turns to Africa in report to UN Human Rights Council

Bachelet turns to Africa in report to UN Human Rights Council

As the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its annual meeting in Geneva, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet of OHCHR, the UN human rights agency, provided an overview on Thursday of concerns in various African nations beginning with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bachelet, a former president of Chile who was…

UN refugee chief finishes three-nation Sahel tour

UN refugee chief finishes three-nation Sahel tour

Filippo Grandi, head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), has completed a three-nation tour of the Sahel, meeting with heads of state and other leaders focused on the security and humanitarian crises. Grandi wrapped up his mission in Burkina Faso, meeting with President Roch Marc Kaboré after stops in…

Africa’s conflict, humanitarian crisis outlooks for 2020

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria are among the world’s top five countries facing humanitarian crisis in 2020, with Burkina Faso, Burundi and Chad added to the list compiled each year by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The NGO said Yemen remains the greatest concern, followed by DR Congo…

31 women killed in Christmas Eve attack in Burkina Faso

Christmas Eve in Burkina Faso has been marred by a terrorist attack that has claimed 42 lives, with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré declaring a two-day period of national mourning that begins at midnight. The attack happened Tuesday morning in the village of Arbinda, in the northeast Soum territory along…

Chad begins state of emergency in three provinces

The nation of Chad began a 21-day state of emergency period on Tuesday in the provinces of Ouaddaï, Sila and Tibesti, after at least 50 people have died in recently escalating communal conflict. The time period announced by senior official Kalzeubé Payimi Deubet is shorter than a three-month state of…

FAO: Locust threat still lingers for Horn of Africa, parts of Sahel

The threat of crop-destroying locust swarms remains for the Horn of Africa and some North African nations, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and its new Early Warning Early Action report. The United Nations agency has been monitoring the threat following “unprecedented spring breeding” that happened earlier this…

MINUSMA responds to Mali attack that claimed 100 lives

MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, has confirmed that some 100 civilians including women and children were killed in the village of Sobanou-Kou in the Mopti region during an attack by armed men on Sunday night. Witnesses and local officials say there are many wounded as well in this…

HRW: Burkina trapped between extremists, security forces

Villagers in Burkina Faso say they’re caught between the demands of armed extremists and the violence of their own security forces, in a northern Sahel region where more than 150 people have been killed and thousands forced to flee in the past year. That’s according to a Human Rights Watch…