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01 Sep 2015 description


  • A total of 193,357 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, as well as Uganda and Zambia since April 2015. The situation in Burundi remains volatile with continued incidents of sporadic violence in the country.

25 Aug 2015 description


  • On 20 August, Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in for a third term as Burundi’s president. During the ceremony, President Nkurunziza called on fellow Burundians who have fled the country to return home and to join in the “building of their nation”. President Nkurunziza also urged for an end to violence that has persisted since his announcement to run for a third term in April.

24 Aug 2015 description

Thousands of refugees continue to flee violence and civil unrest in Burundi, since the beginning of April. The inflow of refugees was first witnessed in Republic of Rwanda and, from the end of April/May onwards, increasingly to the United Republic of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Inexorably, the outflow of Burundians to neighbouring countries has dramatically increased. On April 22, UNHCR declared a Level 1 emergency and on May 11, in response to the worsening situation, a Level 2 emergency was declare d and a Regional Refugee Coordinator was appointed.

20 Aug 2015 description

Key messages

  • Burundi’s president Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office, announced on 25 April 2015, was met with strong opposition, causing clashes with police and unrest. An attempted coup d’état took place on 13 May 2015, which was rapidly defeated, but led to a deterioration of the security situation in the country.

  • Controversial elections were held on the 21st of July with several incidents. Incumbent Nkurunziza was elected for a 3rd term. Since then the situation has been fragile with attacks and killings taking place.

18 Aug 2015 description


  • On 16 August, the African Union (AU) warned that the crisis in Burundi risks “spiralling into a catastrophe” for the country and the wider region, this after the killing of another senior military official. Ms. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission insisted again on “the imperative of dialogue and consensus to work for a peaceful and durable solution to the crisis and to preserve the important points in the 2000 Arusha Accords”.

13 Aug 2015 description

International Envoys Call for Restraint and Urge Resumption of Dialogue in Burundi

12 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The current socio-political environment in Burundi remains highly volatile, exacerbated by the assassination of the former Chief of Intelligence on 2 August and the shooting the following day of leading human rights activist.

  • On 5August, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead, bringing the total death toll of children to nine since the start of the crisis in April

12 Aug 2015 description

Food insecurity likely to increase in Kirundo and Muyinga provinces from August to December