September 4, 1987 |
Soldiers in the small African country of Burundi ousted President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza on Thursday while he was out of the country and set up a ruling junta under an army major, official Burundi radio reported. Bagaza, a 41-year-old socialist with ties to Moscow, was in Quebec attending a summit meeting of French-speaking nations. He left the summit Thursday when rumors of a coup began circulating and took a plane for Paris.
March 30, 2008 |
Her first son was born 10 years ago on a Bujumbura street while fighting raged. She named him Nzikobanyanka, or "I know they hate us." Two successive sons were also christened with names reflecting weariness with Burundi's long war: Tugiramahoro ("Let's have peace") and Nduwimana ("I'm in God's hands"). But when the fighting stopped and Daphrose Miburu's youngest son was born a year ago, the 35-year-old mother chose something uplifting: Furaha -- "Happiness." The history of this battered nation can be told through names like these, given to reflect the world as parents see it at the time.
August 17, 2004 |
Survivors of a massacre at a U.N.-run refugee camp buried 163 Congolese Tutsis in a dusty cotton field Monday, some fainting in the hot sun as the simple wooden coffins were lowered into a mass grave. Some of them wept as others told of narrow escapes as Hutu marauders rampaged through the Gatumba camp, screaming that they would kill any Tutsi they found.
September 4, 2004 |
Investigators have linked a recent massacre at a Burundian refugee camp to Hutu rebels operating with armed groups from Rwanda and Congo, according to a preliminary U.N. report. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recently cited reports that the Burundian rebel National Liberation Force, which has claimed responsibility for the Aug. 13 massacre, operated in alliance with Congolese tribal fighters known as Mai Mai, and Rwandan Hutu rebels.
April 17, 1996 |
Burundi's feuding parties have agreed to attend a conference organized by Africa's elder statesman, former Tanzanian President Julius K. Nyerere, in an effort to stop ethnic bloodshed, the U.N. announced. The meeting, scheduled for Monday in Tanzania, is aimed at stopping killing that has claimed more than 300 lives in the past two weeks alone.
August 16, 2004 |
The Security Council condemned the massacre of at least 150 Congolese refugees at a U.N. camp in Burundi and demanded Sunday that those responsible be brought to justice "without delay." The condemnation came as the death toll in Friday's attack on the camp in Gatumba, Burundi, near the Congo border, was revised downward; initial reports put the number slain at nearly 190.