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03 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • Persistent fear of an upsurge of violence during the electoral period, has resulted in increased numbers of new arrivals crossing the border into neighbouring countries in the last one week. More than 10,000 refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring countries since the previous weekend.

30 Jun 2015 description

GENEVE, 30 juin (HCR) – Près de 10 000 réfugiés burundais ont fui le pays ce week-end avant que le Burundi ne ferme ses frontières dimanche soir avant les élections parlementaires le lendemain, a indiqué le HCR.

Le HCR a indiqué que selon les autorités burundaises, la frontière resterait fermée pendant 48 heures, « selon ce qui se fait habituellement » lors d'élections

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires USD 63 million for the next six months to meet the needs of existing operations that are responding to the Burundi crisis.

  • In Burundi, a recent inter-agency assessment recommended immediate food assistance for 100,000 people in Kirundo, Makamba Provinces and Bujumbura.

30 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tension is on the rise in Bujumbura in view of the first round of presidential elections, as rumors of attacks to destabilize the process circulate. In light of this, the number of Burundians leaving the country has increased. The police and military are still present in some parts of the city centre and suburbs. Criminality is on the rise and grenade attacks are recorded almost daily.

29 Jun 2015 description

GENÈVE, 26 juin (HCR) – Un nombre croissant de personnes fuient le Burundi avant les élections législatives prévues lundi prochain et qui avaient déjà provoqué des semaines de violence. Par ailleurs, des milliers de personnes ont cherché refuge au-delà des frontières de cet Etat d'Afrique centrale, a déclaré le HCR vendredi.

29 Jun 2015 description

General developments

Local and parliamentary elections proceeded today as scheduled, despite calls from the political opposition, civil society and the international community to postpone, and despite the political opposition’s decision to boycott the polls.

Sounds of gunfire and blasts have been heard in the capital, Bujumbura, in recent nights, but it is not clear who is involved in these exchanges. A spate of grenade attacks in the city has also occurred, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries. Perpetrators have not been identified.

26 Jun 2015 description

GENEVA, June 26 (UNHCR) – Increasing numbers of people are fleeing Burundi ahead of parliamentary elections next Monday which have already triggered weeks of violence and seen thousands seeking refuge across the central African state's borders, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.

25 Jun 2015 description

OCHA and UNHCR jointly convened a donor and partner briefing on 17 June 2015 to discuss the Burundi crisis, its effects on neighbouring countries, and the Regional Humanitarian Scenario for the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. OCHA’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa (OCHA-EA) provided a recap of key political and humanitarian developments in Burundi for the past two months, including key findings from a joint rapid humanitarian assessment mission.

25 Jun 2015 description

Displacement and conflict

Around 1.542 million people are internally displaced in South Sudan, and over 546,000 have crossed borders and become refugees. About 106,228 people have fled Burundi, and about 25,000 have left Yemen (where 1 million people are internally displaced)3 for Djibouti and Somalia. Areas of conflict in South Sudan and Yemen remain very difficult for humanitarian organizations to access, pushing more to cross borders in search of assistance.

Increase in mostly South Sudanese and Burundian refugees

23 Jun 2015 description

For many weeks now, Burundi has been in the grips of pre-election tensions that have already left many dead and wounded and forced thousands of people to leave the country. The ICRC is helping the victims of this violence and reminds all those responsible that human life and dignity must be respected at all times.

23 Jun 2015 description

Depuis plusieurs semaines, le Burundi est en proie à des tensions pré-électorales qui ont déjà fait de nombreux morts et blessés et forcé des milliers de personnes à quitter le pays. Le CICR vient en aide aux victimes de ces violences et rappelle que la vie et la dignité humaine doivent être respectées en tout temps.

22 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

· Burundi: Through an immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP), WFP is providing assistance for up to 25,000 displaced persons and vulnerable people for a period of three months in Bujumbura capital city, Bujumbura rural, Makamba, Cibitoke and Kirundo Provinces.

· Democratic Republic of Congo: WFP is providing dry rations to households hosting new arrivals in addition to providing high energy biscuits at the border entry points and transit centers, and dry rations to those settled in camps.

19 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • On 11 June, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, stepped down as facilitator of the peace-talks between the Burundian government, opposition parties and civil society groups. Mr. Djinnit had attempted to assist in the resolution of the crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement to run for a third term. He encouraged all parties to continue their dialogue “with a view to create conditions conducive to holding free, fair, inclusive and peaceful elections”.

18 Jun 2015 description

By Mary Stewart

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI – As World Refugee Day approaches, ADRA is responding to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Burundi amidst the upcoming presidential election and recent coup attempts.

Violence broke in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, and in Makamba province, on April 26 and has spread into towns across the country. The uproar began when President Pierre Nkurunziza's announced his bid to stand for a third consecutive term and security forces began cracking down on protests.

18 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Africa, Kenya and AU put forward own peace plans and initiatives for South Sudan in addition to new IGAD proposal.

  • Fighting in South Sudan now affecting five out of the ten states. Over 28,000 South Sudanese refugees (a 40 per cent increase since April) received in neighbouring countries in the last two months.

  • Food security expected to deteriorate in eastern parts of the Horn region from JuneAugust while average August harvests are expected in the western sector of the Horn.

15 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

· Preliminary findings of the recent inter-agency needs assessments conducted in the northern, southern and western provinces of Burundi indicate that although the internal displacements are not large, there are significant needs, which are expected to grow even if the political impasse is resolved.

10 Jun 2015 description

SITUATION ANALYSIS

The IFRC is deeply concerned about the current situation in Burundi that has resulted in a number of casualties in the capital of Bujumbura and more than a hundred thousand Burundians have fled across the country's borders. There are also major concerns over the current diarrhoea and cholera outbreak in Tanzania and IFRC has deployed a Mass Sanitation Module for 20,000 people in Nyarugusu camp.