Ethiopia shuts two Tigray camps housing Eritrean refugees

Two refugee camps caught up in a brutal conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have been closed and their Eritrean residents relocated, authorities have confirmed, as the country’s state-appointed human rights commission reported that both sites had been “destroyed”. The United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) has called for protection for the residents of the Shimelba […]

UN, Ethiopia strike a deal over aid workers’ access to Tigray

The United Nations’ food agency says it has reached a deal with Ethiopia to expand access for aid workers and “scale up” operations in the country’s conflict-hit Tigray region. David Beasley, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP), made the announcement late on Saturday amid growing fears of a humanitarian catastrophe in Tigray, a […]

UAE drastically cut funding for Palestinian refugee agency

The United Arab Emirates drastically reduced its funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees in 2020, the year it signed a United States-brokered normalisation accord with Israel that was heavily criticised by the Palestinian Authority. The UNRWA provides education, healthcare and other vital services to some 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees across the […]

Yemeni families file petition over US drone strike killings

Two families filed petition against US gov’t over ‘unlawful’ killing of 34 relatives between 2013 and 2018. Two Yemeni families have filed a petition against the US government over the “unlawful” killing of 34 relatives, including nine children, in counterterrorism operations between 2013 and 2018. Human rights group Reprieve, submitted the petition to the Inter-American […]

Ethnic groups in central Mali sign ‘three peace agreements’

Three “peace agreements” have been signed by representatives from herder and farmer communities that have become trapped in violence sparked by armed group attacks in central Mali, a Swiss mediator said. The accords bring together the Fulani – also called Peul – who mainly comprise semi-nomadic herders, and the Dogon, who are chiefly sedentary farmers. The […]

Dozens of migrants killed in shipwreck off Libya’s coast

Ten survivors brought back to Libya after at least 43 migrants and refugees died on Tuesday, UN bodies report. At least 43 migrants and refugees have been killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said, the first tragic event of 2021 […]

Will the Central African Republic return to full-blown war?

To the east, thousands have crossed the border to escape new attacks; to the west, thousands more hide in churches or the bush. A major humanitarian crisis is deepening in the Central African Republic (CAR) after an array of armed groups launched a military offensive and unleashed fresh unrest in the war-weary country. This rebel […]

Starvation crisis looms as aid groups seek urgent Tigray access

Following his declaration of military victory against rebellious forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray nearly two months ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that the rebuilding process was to commence immediately. The fierce battles that had begun in early November between the federal government troops and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the former governing party of […]

Clashes between rival groups in South Darfur leave 47 dead

Violence follows the killing of at least 83 people on Saturday and Sunday in West Darfur. Clashes between rival ethnic groups in Sudan’s South Darfur state have left 47 people dead, a day after more than 80 people were killed in separate clashes elsewhere in the restive region. “The clashes between the Rizeigat tribe and […]

UN: Nearly 60,000 have fled Central African Republic violence

UNHCR blamed intensifying violence since a December 27 presidential vote for the sharp increase in refugees. The number of people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has doubled to nearly 60,000 in just a week, the UN refugee agency said. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has blamed intensifying violence since a […]

WFP raises alarm over rising hunger in Madagascar

The crisis follows three straight years of drought as well as a deep recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for emergency aid of $35m to fight hunger in southern Madagascar, hit by the coronavirus pandemic and a third consecutive year of drought. “Some 1.35 million people […]

Yemen: What the Houthi ‘terrorist’ designation means in 500 words

The six-year war has left 80 percent of the population reliant on aid and millions on the verge of starvation. US President Donald Trump’s move to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a foreign “terrorist” organisation could disrupt peace efforts and hamper the delivery of life-saving aid in a country where fears of famine are rising. […]

‘Our children die in our hands’: Floods ravage South Sudan

On a scrap of land surrounded by flooding in South Sudan, families drink and bathe from the waters that swept away latrines and continue to rise. Nearly a million people in the country have been displaced or isolated for months by the worst flooding in memory, with the intense rainy season a sign of climate […]

Bangladesh ‘set to move’ new group of Rohingya to remote island

About 1,000 Rohingya refugees will be moved to a remote, cyclone-prone island despite calls by rights groups to stop relocation. Bangladesh is set to move a second batch of Rohingya refugees to the remote island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal this month, officials say, despite calls by rights groups not to carry […]

New Yemen gov’t sworn in after Saudi-brokered power-sharing deal

The 24-member cabinet, announced last week, sworn in during a ceremony in Riyadh where Yemen’s President Hadi is living. Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has sworn in a new government that was formed thanks to a power-sharing deal brokered by Saudi Arabia last year. The 24-member cabinet, announced last week, was sworn in during a […]

Libya’s warring sides begin prisoner exchange

First UN-brokered prisoner exchange comes as part of ceasefire deal inked two months ago in Geneva. Libya’s rivals have kicked off a UN-brokered prisoner exchange, which was part of a ceasefire agreement they inked more than two months ago in Geneva, the United Nations and Libyan officials have said. The exchange of a first batch […]

‘Lingering crisis’: What people in CAR think about Sunday’s polls

The Central African Republic (CAR) is due to go the polls on Sunday for presidential and parliamentary elections. On Saturday, the constitutional court denied opposition requests to delay the elections, ensuring they will go ahead as planned, despite an escalating threat of violence. Earlier, unidentified “armed combatants” killed three United Nations peacekeepers, hours after a […]

Pakistan army says soldier killed by Indian shelling in Kashmir

Incident comes two days after 50-year-old woman was killed in attack Pakistan blamed India for. A Pakistani soldier was killed in border clashes with Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday, Pakistan’s military has said. The soldier was killed in Satwal sector on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control […]

Ethiopian military ‘kills 42 people involved in deadly attack’

State-affiliated Fana TV reported weapons were also seized from men accused of killing over 100 people on Wednesday. Ethiopia’s military has killed 42 armed men accused of taking part in a massacre in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region, state-affiliated Fana TV reported on Thursday. On Wednesday, the country’s human rights commission said gunmen killed more than […]

‘Blood cheaper than water’: Outrage over Trump Blackwater pardons

US President Donald Trump’s issuance of pardons for security guards convicted of killing at least 14 Iraqi civilians in a 2007 Baghdad massacre has caused international uproar, including in Iraq where people expressed outrage and sadness. Trump issued pardons for the four Blackwater security contractors who were convicted of murder and manslaughter six years ago. […]