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Millions at risk in East Africa – UN agencies

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Millions of displaced families across East Africa will suffer hunger as food rations dwindle due to stretched humanitarian resources as the world grapples with...

Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

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One year after brutal attacks by suspected Al Shabab militants began in northern Mozambique, thousands continue to flee ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado province,...

Rape used as conflict reward in South Sudan – UNHCR

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Widespread sexual violence against women and girls in conflict is fuelled by systemic impunity, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) in South...

Three UN staff injured in attack in eastern Congo

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Three United Nations staff members were injured when their vehicle came under fire in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, their agency said. Unidentified...

Migrants in Libya fearful and angry after crackdown and killings

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Hundreds of migrants and refugees waited outside a United Nations centre in Tripoli on Sunday to seek help in escaping Libya after what aid...

Cameroon ethnic clashes kill at least 32 as villages are torched...

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Clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon have killed at least 32 people this month, with 19 villages torched, the UN refugee agency...

Cameroon ethnic clashes kill at least 32 as villages are torched...

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Clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon have killed at least 32 people this month, with 19 villages torched, the UN refugee agency...

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopian capital protest insecurity at Tigray camps

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Hundreds of Eritrean refugees protested in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday, calling on the United Nations refugee agency to relocate friends and family who...

Climate change, conflict and COVID-19 increase Cabo Delgado misery

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Civilians continue to flee armed conflict and insecurity in northern Mozambique, over two months after militants attacked coastal city Palma in Cabo Delgado according to UN agencies. The world body’s...

UN alarm over soldiers detaining displaced people

The UN refugee agency is concerned over reports of soldiers taking hundreds of people from displacement camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region earlier this week,...

UN findings on PMCs in Africa “a bit rich”

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Criticism by a UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) working group on mercenaries of inter-operability between Russian private military contractors (PMCs) and UN peacekeepers...

At least 40 migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia

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At least 40 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, United Nations and Tunisian officials...

“Serious escalation of violence” in Cabo Delgado – UN agencies

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A UN agency is reporting targeted attacks against civilians in Cabo Delgado’s Palma, marking what is termed “a serious escalation of violence and volatility”...

Kenya orders closure of two refugee camps, gives ultimatum to UN...

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Kenya on Wednesday ordered the closure of two sprawling camps that host hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighbouring Somalia and gave the UN...

Death toll from attack on Niger villages soars to 137

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Armed attackers killed 137 people in coordinated raids on villages in southwestern Niger on Sunday, the government said, making it one of the deadliest...

Cabo Delgado displacement could top the million mark – UNHCR

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UN refugee agency (UNHCR) senior management warn of an urgent need to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, where...

Children seen at risk of recruitment in Central African Republic fighting

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Armed groups have recruited nearly 3 000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) since violence flared over a 27 December election result and more...

Armed group atrocities on the rise in eastern DRC

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Atrocities committed by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are part of a systematic pattern to disrupt lives, instil fear...

ISS: Refugee pressure rises as funding dwindles

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Africa has the greatest resettlement needs worldwide, but in 2020 the lowest number of refugees in nearly two decades was accommodated. Refugee resettlements in 2020...

More than 200 000 flee ‘apocalyptic’ conflict in Central African Republic

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More than 200 000 people have fled fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) since violence erupted over a December election result, the UN...

Violence in West Africa’s Sahel displaces record 2 million people, UN...

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The number of people fleeing violence in West Africa’s Sahel region has quadrupled in the past two years, with 2 million now displaced in...

Worsening Islamist insurgency drives Mozambique humanitarian crisis

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More than half a million people have fled their homes due to an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique, and the violence and humanitarian crisis...

Nearly 60 000 have fled Central African Republic violence: UN

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The number of people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic has doubled in just a week to nearly 60 000, the UN refugee...

UN warns child labor, trafficking on the rise in troubled Mali

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More children have been trafficked, forced to work in gold mines and to fight as soldiers in Mali this year as conflict worsened and...

Gunmen kill 25 displaced people in Burkina Faso, UN says

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Armed assailants have killed 25 displaced people in northern Burkina Faso as their convoy tried to make its way home, the United Nations refugee...

Libya says it detains men suspected of burning Nigerian to death

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Three Libyans killed a Nigerian man by setting him on fire in Tripoli, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, in what a UN agency...

UN agencies call for action on human trafficking networks

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Two UN agencies want more action in dismantling smuggling and trafficking networks following the deaths of 27 migrants off Mauritania in north-west Africa. The International...

Tension in West Darfur causes exodus

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The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan’s West Darfur could reach 30 000 in the coming weeks, according...

UN calls for release of blogger, lawyer and journalist

The UN human rights office called on Egypt to free a prominent blogger, lawyer and journalist allegedly mistreated in custody. They are among several...

Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails – UNHCR

]African refugees in Libya are so desperate some bribe their way into detention centres in the hope of being resettled out of the war-torn,...

ISS: How Uganda and UNHCR failed refugees

Uganda hosts Africa's largest refugee population and is heralded as a model of progressive refugee policies. But damning 2018 reports have revealed fraud and...

Nigerian militia group releases over 800 children – UN

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A militia fighting the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria released 833 children from its own ranks, some as young...

Violence and displacement in Ebola-hit DRC threatens humanitarian response

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Increasing violence in Ebola-affected areas of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) threatens the safety of tens of thousands of people...

UNHCR facility in Tripoli ready to help refugees

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) wants thousands of refugees who escaped from detention centres during clashes between militia in Tripoli to be...

Refugee numbers down, fatalities up – UNHCR

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The number of refugees and migrants reaching Europe is diminishing, but the fatality rate has risen dramatically, a new report from the...

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to no-go zone surrounded by rebels

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Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk,...

Conditions of detained migrants in Libya worsening – UNHCR

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The UN refugee agency said it was gravely concerned about deterioration in conditions for migrants in Libyan detention centres tha led to...

Almost three million more displaced year on year – UNHCR chief

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The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, Filippo Grandi, head...

World’s first refugee camp TEDx event

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Refugees turned poets, film-makers, models and teachers sought to shatter stereotypes and inspire a global audienc by sharing stories of perseverance...

ISS: Cameroon’s forced returns put Nigerian refugees at risk

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Cameroon has forcibly returned 385 refugees to Nigeria this year, most of them in the past month, a United Nations Refugee Agency...

Migrants abused in Yemen

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African migrants and asylum seekers in Yemen are subject to physical and sexual abuse in detention, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW)...

UN criticises Angola for refugees returning to DR Congo violence

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is concerned about rekindled tension in the violent Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and...

UN denounces repressive climate in Egypt

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The UN human rights chief decried a "pervasive climate of intimidation" in Egypt ahead of presidential elections this month he said were...

Eastern DR Congo facing humanitarian disaster

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An upsurge of violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to cause a "humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions", UN refugee...

UN aims to open Libyan transit centre early next year

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The UN refugee agency plans to open a refugee transit centre in Tripoli early next year to resettle or evacuate up to...

Spike in migrant boats to Spain may signal shift in Africa...

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The number of migrants crossing into Spain by sea from North Africa doubled in 2017 from last year, outpacing the Libya-Italy route...

Over two thousand people rescued off Libya

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The UN refugee agency called for European countries to help Italy cope with an increasing flow of migrants after some 2,500 were...

More than a million children flee escalating violence in South Sudan

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The escalating conflict in South Sudan had driven more than a million children out of the country, the United Nations said warning...

UN human rights chief pushes for Ethiopia unrest inquiry

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The United Nations human rights chief will push Ethiopia to allow his agency to investigate rights abuses in 2015 and 2016 which...

Aid airlifted to Luanda for newly arrived DRC refugees

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An aircraft carrying relief items landed in Luanda, Angola, at the weekend to assist over 11,000 people who fled recent violence in...