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Niger to send 868 peacekeepers to Ivory Coast

Published May 17, 2014 by Turkish Press
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ABIDJAN – Niger will send 868 soldiers to join the U.N. peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast, a West African country recovering from a decade of armed conflicts.

Ethiopia may withdraw support for Abyei peacekeeping mission

Published May 17, 2014 by Sudan Tribune
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May 17, 2014 (JUBA) – The Ethiopian government has warned it may not continue to provide military support to the peacekeeping mission in the oil producing Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

According to an internal report by the United Nations, which Sudan Tribune has seen, the Ethiopian government said it would reconsider its military commitment should both sides to the conflict fail to resolve their differences and take complete responsibility of the area.

U.N. study finds peacekeepers avoid using force to protect civilians

Published May 16, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - United Nations peacekeeping missions routinely avoid using force to protect civilians who are under attack, intervening in only 20 percent of cases despite being authorized to do so by the U.N. Security Council, an internal U.N. study found.

Gunmen cross from Liberia, seize Ivorian village, kill eight

Published May 16, 2014 by Reuters
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ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's army launched a counter-attack on Friday against a group of gunmen accused of entering the country from Liberia and killing at least eight people in a raid on the village of Fetai, the parliamentarian representing the region said.

Haiti Strikes Back: By Taking the UN to Court, the Country Might Save Itself

Published May 13, 2014 by Foreign Affairs
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One October night in 2010, Jacqueline Olonville woke up with sharp pains in her stomach. She rushed to the toilet behind her home in the village of Bocozelle, Haiti, but she could not relieve the pain or stop the relentless diarrhea that soon followed. When she tried to stand up, she began vomiting. Her legs gave out underneath her. Some of her older children heard her cries.

U.N. seeks surveillance drones for Mali, shelves plans for Ivory Coast

Published May 12, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - The United Nations has shelved plans to deploy surveillance drones as part of its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast due to improved security, but is now seeking a company to provide the unarmed aircraft for its peacekeeping mission in Mali.

The United Nations wants to expand its use of unmanned aerial vehicles after it successfully deployed the aircraft for the first time in December - to aid U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN appoints first female commander of peacekeeping force

Published May 13, 2014 by The Guardian
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The first woman has been appointed to command a United Nations peacekeeping force – a Norwegian general who has served in Lebanon, the first Gulf war, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Major General Kristin Lund will replace Chinese Major General Chao Liu on 13 August as commander of about 1,000 peacekeepers in Cyprus, the UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced on Monday.

'If we go outside they'll kill us': inside a South Sudan camp

Published May 11, 2014 by Global Post
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Mayen Koang, 47, has spent the past five months holed up at a United Nations peacekeeping base in Juba, one of tens of thousands of displaced South Sudanese who are too scared to return home.

Sitting on a plastic chair in a makeshift tent, the father-of-eight says he is still too afraid to go back because, as an ethnic Nuer -- the same tribe of rebel leader Riek Machar -- he fears he will be killed by members of the Dinka community, the tribe of President Salva Kiir.

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.

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