- UNHCR Regional Update 24 - Burundi Situation, 15 - 31 March 2016
- UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report - 31 Mar 2016
- IOM Matrice de Suivi des Déplacements | DTM – Rapport # 3, mars 2016
Appeals & Funding
- Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) Jan-Dec 2016
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
About This Report
In the last week of April, three children were killed, including one 3-year-old girl, bringing the total number of children killed in crisis-related incidents to 29.
In collaboration with partners, eight girls formerly living on the street and subjected to repeated sexual violence are now receiving psychosocial and medical support as well as temporary care. The family tracing process is on-going.
The Syrian refugee crisis has been making headlines across the world - so most people are aware that hundreds of thousands of children who fled from the conflict are living in neighbouring countries.
But there are many other "hidden" refugee situations, where children whose families have left their homes are struggling to get into school.
One of these is in Rwanda, where large numbers of refugees have crossed the border from Burundi - a country again on the brink of civil war
In Burundi, UNHCR continued to monitor returns and carry out its refugee response programmes. However, freedom of movement is becoming increasingly restricted, limiting access to persons of concern.
In Rwanda, the Government, UNHCR and its partners successfully facilitated the organisation of the triennial refugee representative elections, which took place from 22 to 23 March.
As of 30 April, global funding requirements to meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans and appeals for 2016 amount to over US$20.3 billion. About $3.8 billion in funding has been received so far, leaving a shortfall of $16.5 billion. With the emergence of new humanitarian crises, global financial requirements have increased by around 2 per cent in the first trimester of the year.
The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda has increased to 76,603. About 48,450 refugees are living in Mahama camp.
Cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) among children 6-59 months living in the camp continue to decline, with currently 51 children enrolled in treatment programmes.
There were no new typhoid cases reported in April, due to an effective health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) response.
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Sunday 5/1/2016 - 03:30 GMT
by Esdras NDIKUMANA
A year into a political crisis which has claimed about 500 lives, driven a quarter of a million into exile and prompted Western donors to suspend government aid, Burundi's economy is on the ropes.
The central African country had only just begun to recover from a 1993-2006 ethnic-based civil war when it became sucked back into violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced a year ago that he would seek a third term in office.
April 29 2016: 12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict. Kevin McCann reports on their work from a recent visit to Bujumbura.
Since protests began a year ago – and especially since an attempted coup nearly unseated President Pierre Nkurunziza in May 2015 – the situation in Burundi has steadily deteriorated.
Expected average harvest will sufficiently cover local demand
Average to above-average Msimu rains in the unimodal areas will likely result in a near-normal harvest. Poor households remain market dependent and face income opportunity constraints following the conclusion of agricultural activities. This area is Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and will likely improve to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) with the beginning of the harvest season in May, but there will still be populations that have higher levels of food insecurity.
Relatively mild lean season in Rwanda due to surplus stocks
Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Friday 4/29/2016 - 14:52 GMT
Long-stalled peace talks it is hoped would solve a year-long crisis in Burundi have been delayed again, the opposition said Friday.
Hundreds have been killed and a quarter of a million people have fled Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial decision last April to run for a third term, a vote he won amid opposition boycotts in July.
Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | vendredi 29/04/2016 - 14:56 GMT
La reprise du dialogue interburundais, prévue lundi à Arusha en Tanzanie, a été repoussée à une date ultérieure par la médiation, qui a besoin de plus de temps pour mener de nouvelles consultations, a-t-on appris vendredi auprès de l'opposition burundaise et de sources diplomatiques.
Selon des sources de l'Union africaine (UA) et de l'ONU, qui ont confirmé l'annulation de la rencontre de lundi, la reprise du dialogue aurait été reportée au 21 mai, toujours à Arusha.