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.

UN mission condemns massacre of Congolese refugees at camp in Burundi

The UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) has expressed outrage over Friday night's massacre of some 150 Congolese refugees at a camp in Burundi – an event which prompted the UN Security Council to schedule emergency talks today in New York.

UN Secretary-General, Security Council urge probe of massacre at Burundi refugee camp

The United Nations Security Council and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned Friday night's massacre at a refugee camp in Burundi, where more than 160 innocent Congolese civilians, mostly women and children, were brutally murdered, and over 100 others injured.

DR of Congo: 20,000 fleeing fighting in east in ‘critical humanitarian state’ - UN

Nearly 20,000 people are in a “critical humanitarian state” in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after fleeing renewed fighting between central government forces and dissident troops around Lake Kivu, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

UN agency helps more Angolan refugees repatriate from DR of Congo

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has helped nearly 500 Angolan refugees to return from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to their country, a spokesperson for the agency said today.

Revived rail line transports aid to isolated area of DR Congo, UN mission reports

Long awaited food and other relief supplies are headed to Kindu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today on a rail line that had been inoperative for six postwar years, the United Nations mission in the country has announced.

Thousands of Congolese refugees continue to flood into Burundi, UN says

With thousands of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fleeing either sporadic insurgent attacks or the fighting against government forces, the United Nations refugee agency is investigating reports today that the number of Congolese encamped in and around its transit sites in neighbouring Burundi has swelled to 17,000.

Nearly 3,000 Congolese refugees arrive in Burundi, UN says

Nearly 3,000 refugees who have fled to Burundi following recent fighting in the eastern Congolese city of Bukavu are receiving enough assistance to last them for 10 days, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN officials condemn attempted coup in DR Congo

As the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was being normalized after an attempted coup early today in its capital, United Nations officials condemned the uprising and pledged to help the country’s transitional political process.

Looting paralyzes food distribution in DR of Congo – UN

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for an end to the looting that has forced it to suspend food distribution across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).