Annan appeals for international support for Burundi’s reconstruction

A forum of key countries helping Burundi recover from years of civil war and violence met in Bujumbura, the capital today, and heard an appeal from United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to work actively for lasting development in the small Central African country.

Burundians fleeing food shortages, insecurity go to Tanzania, UN refugee agency says

An increasing number of Burundians are fleeing their country to shelter in overcrowded way stations in neighbouring Tanzania, citing lack of food and growing insecurity as their reasons for leaving home, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN World Food Programme seeks $26 million for drought-stricken northern Burundi

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that a combination of poor rains, a disease that halved the harvest and extreme poverty has left 2.2 million Burundians in the country’s former breadbasket in the north in need of some $26 million worth of food aid.