Annan intends to appoint senior relief official head of UN mission in Burundi

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today proposed appointing the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Carolyn McAskie, as his Special Representative for Burundi and head of the UN operation in that country when it is launched on 1 June.

Security Council approves 5,600-strong peacekeeping operation in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously approved the establishment of a new operation for troubled Burundi, where the UN will deploy up to 5,650 military personnel and help the central African nation with restoring peace and bringing about national reconciliation.

Burundian number in UN refugee camps in Tanzania drops below 300,000

The number of Burundians remaining in refugee camps in Tanzania has dropped below 300,000 for the first time since 1998, but nearly half a million Burundians now live elsewhere in Tanzania, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Half of Burundians displaced in 2002 have returned home, UN says

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Burundi has dropped by half, as people have returned home in the past two years, mainly to the southern provinces, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.