News From Africa
How Gambia is grappling with gruesome past under Yahya Jammeh
on January 17, 2021 at 1:18 am
Gambia's truth commission has revealed tales of murder and torture that jar with Gambians' self image.
Uganda's long-time leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winner
on January 17, 2021 at 12:31 am
But his main rival Bobi Wine cries foul, alleging vote-rigging and saying he's fearful for his safety.
Lekki toll gate shootings: What really happened?
on January 17, 2021 at 12:00 am
Mayeni Jones investigates what happened when the army opened fire on protesters in Lagos in October.
Madagascar: UN's WFP warns of a humanitarian crisis due to drought and Covid-19
on January 16, 2021 at 9:56 am
A third of the population of Madagascar will suffer from food insecurity due to ongoing droughts and a recession.
Ethiopia's Oromia conflict: Why a teacher was killed 'execution-style'
on January 16, 2021 at 12:35 am
An increasing number of civilians are becoming victims of the conflict in Ethiopia's Oromia region.
US Election 2020: What do countries around the world want from Joe Biden?
on January 16, 2021 at 12:09 am
We speak to reporters in six global regions about hopes and expectations for the new US administration.
Project 17: One girl's quest for clean water in Rwanda
on January 16, 2021 at 12:01 am
Joyce, 17, explores progress towards the goal of clean water for all in her country, Rwanda.
Cameroon: Authorities urged to seek justice for recent deadly attacks
on January 15, 2021 at 9:52 pm
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged authorities in Cameroon to take steps to prosecute perpetrators behind two recent deadly attacks in the Anglophone provinces of the country, his Spokesperson said on Friday.
Ethiopia Tigray crisis: EU concern over war crime reports
on January 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm
The conflict threatens the stability of the entire region, the EU's top diplomat says.
UK judges reject Lockerbie bomber's appeal
on January 15, 2021 at 4:19 pm
The family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi had launched the posthumous bid to overturn his conviction.
Central African Republic: Displacement reaches 120,000, as another deadly attack leaves one UN peacekeeper dead
on January 15, 2021 at 3:41 pm
“Worsening” election violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced 120,000 people from their homes, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General also condemned another attack by combatants on a UN convoy, which left a peacekeeper from Burundi dead, and two others wounded.
Kenya Covid-19: Has the pandemic led to an increase in FGM?
on January 15, 2021 at 9:44 am
There are concerns that the Covid-19 pandemic has created the environment for a rise in FGM cases in Kenya.
Africa's week in pictures: 8 - 14 January 2021
on January 15, 2021 at 12:26 am
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.
Ethiopia: Safe access and swift action needed for refugees in Tigray
on January 14, 2021 at 10:58 pm
The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday expressed his deep concern over the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, including its impact on Eritrean refugees hosted there.
How Caf went from stopping Hayatou's pension to honouring him
on January 14, 2021 at 6:52 pm
On the eve of Caf making Issa Hayatou its 'honorary president', a former official says it has taken too long to recognise African football's longest ruler.
Africa internet: Where and how are governments blocking it?
on January 14, 2021 at 11:56 am
Uganda has restricted internet access ahead of elections, but it's not the only African country to have done this.
Uganda elections 2021: 'We want peace'
on January 14, 2021 at 10:17 am
The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga speaks to voters as they wait to cast their ballots.
Four UN peacekeepers killed, five wounded in attack in Mali
on January 14, 2021 at 6:37 am
Four United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed and five others wounded in an attack by unidentified armed elements on Wednesday, the UN mission in the country has said.
Insecurity and bureaucracy hampering aid to Ethiopia’s Tigray region
on January 13, 2021 at 9:37 pm
Nearly three months after the start of conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, hundreds of thousands of people have yet to receive assistance, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, citing information from its humanitarian coordination agency, OCHA.
Peacekeeper killed in ‘heinous attacks’ in Central African Republic
on January 13, 2021 at 8:02 pm
The UN Secretary-General has called for action to ensure accountability for “heinous attacks” in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday that left a Rwandan peacekeeper dead and another wounded.
Uganda: UN chief calls for ‘inclusive, transparent and peaceful’ elections
on January 13, 2021 at 7:54 pm
The UN chief on Wednesday issued a call for an “inclusive, transparent and peaceful” election process across Uganda, a day ahead of the polls opening.
Mali transition presents opportunity to break ‘vicious circle of political crises’
on January 13, 2021 at 6:45 pm
The current political transition period in Mali offers an opportunity to “break out of the vicious circle of political crises followed by coups d'état”, the UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.
Viewpoint: Global media's Nigeria abductions coverage 'wrong'
on January 13, 2021 at 12:26 am
Novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani criticises coverage of the kidnapping of schoolchildren.
Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic
on January 12, 2021 at 4:11 pm
In southern Madagascar, “famine-like conditions” have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million. Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
Uganda elections 2021: What you need to know
on January 12, 2021 at 10:36 am
Five things you need to know about Uganda's divisive election.
UN agencies and partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile
on January 12, 2021 at 6:42 am
In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners announced on Tuesday, the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks.
West Africa: Democracy ‘a constant process’ top UN official tells Security Council
on January 11, 2021 at 7:32 pm
While elections are one-time events, “democracy is a constant process of deliberation and consultation” where dialogue provides an “important arena for the building of national consensus”, the top UN official in West Africa told the Security Council on Monday.
UN chief calls for ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy
on January 11, 2021 at 6:46 pm
Building a global coalition for carbon neutrality by mid-century will be the UN’s “central objective”, the world body’s top official told a conference on climate action on Monday.
South Sudan: Timely action by Ghanaian peacekeepers proves ‘every second counts’
on January 10, 2021 at 10:20 pm
Ghanaian peacekeepers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been commended for their lifesaving support to a man who was severely wounded during recent violent inter-communal clashes in the north of the country.
How South African police are tackling pangolin smugglers
on January 10, 2021 at 12:08 am
The pangolin is said to be the world's most trafficked mammal. The BBC reports on a rescue operation.