UN agency calls on DR Congo to ensure safety of returnees from Burundi

The United Nations refugee agency today called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly local leaders in South Kivu, to ensure the safety of Congolese nationals who choose to return to their country after taking refuge in neighbouring Burundi during fighting in June.

Burundi: UN mission extends condolences to family of murdered staffer

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Burundi today offered its condolences to the family of a staff member who was shot to death on Saturday night in the capital Bujumbura.

Burundi: UN refugee agency set to move Congolese to safer camps after massacre

A month after a massacre left more than 150 Congolese dead at a transit centre in Burundi after they had fled ethnic fighting in their own country, the United Nations refugee agency is preparing to relocate thousands of others away from the border area to safer sites deeper inside the small Central African nation.

Burundi: UN helps build safer shelters for people displaced by ongoing fighting

As Burundi government forces and rebels continue to clash near Bujumbura, the capital, United Nations agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) are constructing temporary shelters for an estimated 25,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Congolese refugees in Burundi return home but UN says situation is unsafe

Nearly a month after more than 150 Congolese refugees were massacred in Burundi, large numbers appear to have gone back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) although the United Nations refugee agency does not believe conditions in their home areas allow for a safe or sustainable return.

Burundi: UN appeals for urgent funding as refugees pour back home

Nearly 80,000 Burundians who fled to surrounding countries during a decade of war have returned to the small Central African nation so far this year, with over 10,000 coming home in the last month alone, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today, appealing for urgent international funding to keep the programme running.

Burundi: UN envoy welcomes establishment of electoral commission

The top United Nations envoy for Burundi has welcomed the appointment of a five-member Independent National Electoral Commission as a "decisive step" towards bringing peace to the small Central African country, which has been torn by more than a decade of civil war.