Africa

Darfur peacekeepers fire back at attackers

Published May 8, 2014 by Global Post
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Gunmen who attacked peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur were forced to retreat after a firefight, said Thursday the UNAMID mission which has come under calls to be more aggressive.

The incident happened on Sunday when a patrol of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur came under fire from unidentified gunmen near Sindy, about halfway between the North Darfur towns of Malha and Mellit.

Op-Ed: South Sudan: UN providing shelter under fire

Published May 8, 2014 by New Vision
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The grisly images and shocking accounts of the abhorrent attacks on unarmed civilians in the South Sudanese cities of Bor and Bentiu this month have put South Sudan back in the headlines once again - for all the wrong reasons.

The forces of the main parties to the country’s four-month-old crisis are failing to comply with the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on 23 January. And there is no letup in sight to the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

Peacekeeping Missions Lack Trust In Central African Republic

Renee Montagne talks to Graeme Wood, of The New Republic, about his trip to Central African. He traveled with support from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for the Prevention of Genocide.

UN human rights office ‘disappointed’ by ruling in DR Congo mass rape trial

Published May 6, 2014 by UN News Centre
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6 May 2014 – Disappointed by the ruling of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military court which acquitted close to half of the 39 Congolese soldiers accused of mass rape in 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said today the decision fell short of the expectations of the numerous victims and confirmed the shortcoming of the country’s justice system.

South Sudan: UN confirms weekend fighting, injuries in restive Unity state

Published May 5, 2014 by UN News Centre
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5 May 2014 – Fighting with heavy and small arms fire resumed today in South Sudan’s Unity state where United Nations peacekeepers are protecting some 23,000 displaced civilians, a UN spokesperson confirmed.

Over 3000 Youth Have Benefitted from Skills Training

Published May 5, 2014 by Liberian Observer
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The Bangladeshi Contingent serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said at least 3200 young Liberians have benefited from their skills training program.

In Bangui, UN peacekeeping chief discusses roll-out of Central African Republic mission

Published May 3, 2014 by UN News Centre
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3 May 2014 – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations continued today his visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where he met a range of stakeholders and pledged that “no effort will be spared” towards full deployment of a newly mandated 12,000-strong UN mission to help stabilize the crisis-riven country.

UN to Act in Battle Over Peacekeeping Reimbursements

Published May 2, 2014 by International Peace Institute
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On May 5, a critical round of negotiations will begin at the United Nations (UN), and the outcome will have profound implications for UN peacekeeping. Since the early 2000s, peacekeeping has grown in both size and complexity. The current mandated surge in South Sudan and the recently authorized operation in the Central African Republic are due to bring UN deployment to unprecedented levels, and both missions exemplify the increased focus on the protection of civilians in UN mandates.

Blog: Kerry should use first African visit to shore up support for peacekeeping missions

Published May 2, 2014 by Stimson Center
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BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's first trip to sub-Saharan Africa is underway, and there is no better time to focus world attention on halting atrocities in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo through more effective UN peacekeeping.

UNAMID peacekeeper released in Darfur

Published May 2, 2014 by World Bulletin
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A peacekeeper of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) kidnapped two months ago in Sudan's restive Darfur region has been freed safely, the mission said on Thursday.

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