Burundi

Witnesses accuse rebels of carrying out Burundi massacre, Annan says

While two United Nations missions probe the mid-August massacre at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today that eyewitnesses blamed a rebel group from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), along with Rwandan elements, saying the Burundian rebels who claimed responsibility for the slaughter were elsewhere at the time.

UN agency moves Congolese refugees in Burundi away from border with DRC

A group of Congolese refugees in Burundi have moved away from the insecure border area near the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to a United Nations refugee agency camp deeper inside the Great Lakes country, a spokeswoman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN health and children's agencies join forces against meningitis in Burundi

Seeking to beat back an outbreak of meningitis in northern Burundi, two United Nations agencies are backing a vaccination campaign which has been extended to two areas where six people died and over a dozen others were hospitalized last week.

Burundi: UN to build new safe camp for Congolese refugees following massacre

The United Nations reached an agreement with Burundi today to open a second camp deeper within the country to relocate Congolese refugees away from the dangerous border area with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where some 160 ethnic Tutsi Congolese were massacred last week.

In wake of massacre, UN moves Congolese refugees further into Burundi

At a memorial service in Geneva for the nearly 160 Congolese refugees killed in Burundi's Gatumba transit centre last weekend, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees denounced the attack as an "appalling massacre of innocent civilians" and announced that the survivors were being relocated away from the tense border.

Burundi: UN peacekeeping chief warns against retaliation for Gatumba massacre

The United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned those making bellicose statements in the wake of the massacre of nearly 160 Congolese Tutsi refugees in the Gatumba transit centre in Burundi last weekend to avoid the danger of spiralling violence and go back to the path of reconciliation.

UN concerned at rising tensions after massacre of Congolese refugees in Burundi

The United Nations peacekeeping missions in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are concerned about rising tensions along the border since the massacre of over 150 DRC ethnic Tutsi refugees in a Burundi camp late last week and the subsequent claim of responsibility by a Hutu rebel group operating in that country.

Burundi: UN steps up security patrols, aid following massacre of Congolese

United Nations agencies today stepped up operations in Burundi after last week's apparently ethnic massacre of more than 150 Congolese, reinforcing helicopter patrols along the border, increasing security in refugee camps and accelerating the transfer of survivors to safer sites far from the frontier area.

In wake of refugee massacre, Burundi agrees to UN request to set up secure camp

As chilling new details emerged about the gruesome massacre of some 150 Congolese civilians at a refugee camp in Burundi on Friday, the United Nations refugee agency today reported that the country's Government has agreed to authorize a secure camp away from the border for newly arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Burundi: UN envoy denounces killings, torture, rape by all sides to conflict

The top United Nations envoy for Burundi today strongly denounced summary executions, torture, sexual violence and arbitrary detentions by all sides in the war-torn central African country since the arrival of the UN mission there in June and called on all parties to cease forthwith and observe a truce.