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26 May 2016 description
report Caritas

By Caritas Internationalis

The president and secretary general of Caritas Burundi are travelling to Tanzania to show solidarity with Burundian refugees who have fled there.

Concern is growing as refugees continue to arrive in Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the violence in Burundi itself, provoked by a political crisis, is not abating.

Abbé Jean Bosco Nintunze, the secretary general of Caritas Burundi, says a delegation will visit the refugee camps of Nyarugusu and Nduta as guests of Caritas Kigoma.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) is facing serious resource shortfalls. Food assistance for assets and food for training activities have been suspended because of limited funding. WFP requires immediate contributions to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Burundi.

  • The current political instability, economic decline and El Nino-related flooding continues to have a significant impact on humanitarian needs within the country.

24 May 2016 description

BUJUMBURA/GENEVA (24 May 2016) – The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.

10 May 2016 description

On 25 April 2015, Burundi’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza would be seeking a third term in office, defying pressure to adhere to the requirements of the Arusha Agreement and step down at the end of his second term. The following day, the first of numerous protests against the regime began in the capital Bujumbura, bringing thousands to the streets in defiance of the government’s ban on such protest.

05 May 2016 description
report IRIN

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 4 May 2016

The Democratic Republic of Congo accuses neighbouring Rwanda of recruiting former M23 rebels to help oust Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, adding a worrying international dimension to an already incendiary crisis.

Read the full story on IRIN

03 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

30 Apr 2016 description
report Peace Direct

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.

26 Apr 2016 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Leo Dobbs – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 22 avril 2016 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Un an après le début de crise au Burundi, quelque 260 000 personnes ont fui vers les pays voisins et des milliers d'autres pourraient les suivre d'ici la fin de l'année si aucune solution politique n'est trouvée et si rien n'est fait pour éviter que la situation ne dégénère en guerre civile.

25 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • The protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) is facing serious resource shortfalls. Food assistance for assets and food for training activities have been suspended because of limited funding. WFP requires immediate contributions to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Burundi.

  • The current political instability, economic decline and El Nino-related flooding continues to have a significant impact on humanitarian needs within the country.

22 Apr 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Leo Dobbs – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 22 April 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

One year after the Burundi crisis began, almost 260,000 people have fled to nearby countries and thousands more could join them over the rest of the year unless a political solution is found and a descent into civil war averted.

22 Apr 2016 description
report UN News Service

22 April 2016 – One year after the crisis in Burundi began, the United Nations refugee agency today said that almost 260,000 people have fled the country, warning that the number could increase by thousands throughout the year – unless a political solution is found and a civil war averted.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), “to date, 259,132 people have fled the country, and we are planning our humanitarian response based on a figure of some 330,000 refugees by year’s end.”

22 Apr 2016 description
report UN News Service

22 avril 2016 – Un an après le début de la crise au Burundi, près de 260.000 personnes ont fui vers les pays voisins et des milliers d'autres pourraient les rejoindre d'ici la fin de l'année si une solution politique n'est pas trouvée pour éviter une guerre civile, a déclaré vendredi le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR).

15 Apr 2016 description
report Guardian

Attackers are entering refugee camps in Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to hunt down opponents and their relatives

By Emma Graham-Harrison in Nyarugusu

Teams of thugs are slipping out of Burundi and into refugee camps in neighbouring countries to launch murderous attacks on exiles, as government militias’ campaign of terror spills over the country’s borders, survivors say.