October 20, 1996 |
More than 46,000 Burundian and Rwandan refugees fled their camps in eastern Zaire because of a flare-up in fighting between Zairian troops and an ethnic Tutsi group. The Zairian army and the Tutsi group, known as Banyamulenge, clashed near a refugee camp 30 miles north of Uvira, a U.N. spokesman said. No independent confirmation or details of the fighting were available. The Banyamulenge immigrated to eastern Zaire from Rwanda beginning in the 18th century.
January 14, 1996 |
An estimated 7,000 people, some suffering from malnutrition or land-mine wounds, have fled to neighboring Zaire to escape fighting in northern Burundi, a refugee official said Saturday. The refugees are escaping clashes between extremists of the Hutu majority and the army, led by the Tutsi minority. Escalating violence in the tiny African nation since mid-December has renewed fears that Burundi might explode into ethnic massacres similar to the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
May 1, 1996 |
More than 1,000 Burundians fled to eastern Zaire from Burundi after a reported Hutu rebel attack, aid officials said. In neighboring Tanzania, a senior government official said that up to 40 Burundian Hutus were crossing into the East African country daily after being forced out of their country by the Tutsi-dominated army. A senior aid official reported that fighting in Burundi had taken an upward swing. U.N.
August 20, 1988 |
Order has been restored after tribal massacres in Burundi that sent up to 10,000 refugees fleeing into neighboring Rwanda, diplomats said Friday. It was not known how many people died in the conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes. The official Burundian news agency ABP said the toll appeared to be very great but gave no numbers. The Hutu is the majority tribe in Burundi, but the minority Tutsi controls the military and rules the country.
August 22, 1988 |
Refugees fleeing tribal massacres in Burundi on Sunday gave gruesome accounts of the slaughter and suggested that thousands have been killed. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said that at least 30,000 people have fled across the border into Rwanda. "Those who fled may be less numerous than those who died," survivor Antoine Mpabonimana said. She said three of her children were bayoneted to death by troops who took part in the killings.
August 24, 1988 |
Refugees fleeing tribal violence in Burundi say that the army took part in the slaughter of thousands of people in that small, central African nation, a U.N. official said Tuesday. At least 5,000 people have been reported killed in massacres during fighting between two tribes. Code Cisse, the representative in Rwanda of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said that about 38,000 refugees have fled Burundi into neighboring Rwanda since the killing broke out Aug. 14.