Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Friday, November 12, 1999 Published at 11:54 GMT

World: Africa

More flee fighting in Burundi

The United Nations refugee agency says as many as five-hundred people a day are now arriving in western Tanzania after fleeing increased fighting in Burundi.

The UN said refugee numbers were significantly higher than for last month.

Many arrived wearing several layers of clothing because Burundian soldiers near the border were reportedly preventing them from taking baggage with them.

Some refugees told UN officials that Hutu youths of military age had disappeared in northern Burundi.

The human rights group, Amnesty International, has warned of an escalation of cases of torture, disappearance and summary executions. It said the country was on the verge of a humanitarian and human rights crisis.

The minority Tutsi forces in Burundi are engaged in a long-running civil war with their Hutu rivals.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |

Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia

In this section

Dam builders charged in bribery scandal

Burundi camps 'too dire' to help

Sudan power struggle denied

Animal airlift planned for Congo

Spy allegations bug South Africa

Senate leader's dismissal 'a good omen'

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Zimbabwe constitution: Just a bit of paper?

South African gays take centre stage

Nigeria's ruling party's convention

UN to return to Burundi

Bissau military hold fire

Nile basin agreement on water cooperation

Congo Brazzaville defends peace initiative

African Media Watch

Liberia names new army chief