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25 Apr 2015 description

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 22:51 GMT

by Esdras NDIKUMANA

Burundi's president was on Saturday nominated as the ruling party's candidate for a third term in office, prompting complaints from the opposition and drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States.

Opposition figures said the move was unconstitutional and warned that President Pierre Nkurunziza's effort to cling to power could push the central African nation back into violence.

25 Apr 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:36 GMT

  • Tensions rise ahead of election decision by president

  • Nkurunziza may announce on Saturday he will run again

  • Refugee numbers could surge amid fears of violence

By Clement Uwiringiyimana

KIGALI, April 24 (Reuters) - Nearly 15,000 Burundians have fled into Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since mid-March, United Nations and Rwandan officials said on Friday, amid growing fears of violence in the run-up to a presidential election on June 26.

24 Apr 2015 description
report International Alert

Exploring the potential of cross-border trade in peacebuilding

A three-day advocacy campaign to support women’s civic, political and economic empowerment in the Great Lakes region of Africa has ended with calls to ensure that the rights of women cross-border traders are respected and their contribution to peacebuilding is recognised.

24 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

BUGESERA, Rwanda, 24 avril 2015 (IRIN) - En moins d’un mois, le nombre de Burundais qui ont fui à l’étranger pour échapper aux violences préélectorales a fortement augmenté pour atteindre plus de 12 000. Ces réfugiés accusent en outre des voyous associés au parti au pouvoir de meurtre, de torture et d’intimidation.

24 Apr 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Harvesting of 2015A season crops completed
  • Prices of cereals and beans continue to decline
  • Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country
24 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

24 Apr 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

9,521 (as of 21 April)
Burundian refugees have crossed into Rwanda.

Further breakdown of the above figure:

6,964
Refugees in Bugesera Reception Center.

2,557
Refugees in Nyanza Reception Center.

62%
Are children

PRIORITIES

  • Establishment/ development of the new camp;

  • Rapid transportation of refugees in the reception centers to the new camp;

23 Apr 2015 description
report Radio Okapi

Le gouvernement congolais doit prendre au sérieux l’affaire de l’incursion de l’armée rwandaise sur le sol congolais, affirme le député national Juvénal Munobo, au cours d’un entretien jeudi 23 avril à Radio Okapi. Des troupes de Rwanda defense force (RDF) sont entrés sur le sol congolais depuis dimanche dernier. Selon le gouverneur Julien Paluku. Elles sont dans la localité de Kasizi, en territoire de Nyirangongo au Nord-Kivu.

Pour Juvénal Munobo, l’élu de Walikale, « nous devons ouvrir l’œil par rapport à cette situation et en tout cas ne pas la minimiser ».

23 Apr 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

For the last two weeks the Government of Rwanda has been receiving asylum seekers from neighboring Burundi.

“I am very happy to receive this donation. I was very worried about basic needs for expecting and new mothers,” said Ms Cesarie Mukamukama, an employee of the African Humanitarian action and health supervisor of the reception camp. She revealed that there are over two hundred pregnant women in the camp and that seven babies had been born to asylum seekers in the last two weeks.

22 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Ignatius Ssuuna

BUGESERA, Rwanda, 22 April 2015 (IRIN) - The number of Burundians who have fled abroad to escape pre-election violence has swollen to more than 12,000 in less than a month, and they are taking with them allegations of murder, torture and intimidation by ruling party thugs.

A 13-year civil war between 1993 and 2005 claimed an estimated 300,000 lives. International alarm bells are ringing, amid fears that the fragile peace could unravel over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s presumed bid for a third term, which many see as unconstitutional.

22 Apr 2015 description

Arusha, Tanzania | AFP | Wednesday 4/22/2015 - 15:09 GMT |

The UN-backed international tribunal trying Rwanda's worst genocide cases ended its final hearing Wednesday after more than two decades of work.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, was set up in 1994 by the United Nations to try those responsible for the genocide.

Around 800,000 people -- mostly members of the minority Tutsi community -- were slaughtered in a 100-day orgy of violence, largely by ethnic Hutus.

22 Apr 2015 description

Arusha, Tanzanie | AFP | mercredi 22/04/2015 - 15:37 GMT

Le Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda (TPIR) a clos l'audience de son ultime procès en appel, mercredi à Arusha, siège de cette Cour créée par l'ONU pour juger les responsables du génocide de 800.000 personnes en 1994.

22 Apr 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

5,817 (as of 14 April) Burundian Asylum Seekers have crossed into Rwanda.
Further breakdown of the above figure:
4,341 Asylum seekers in Bugesera Reception Center.
1,476 Asylum seekers in Nyanza Reception Center.
61% Of the new arrivals are children.

PRIORITIES

22 Apr 2015 description

Au 31 mars 2015, la population sous mandat du HCR Burundi est de 138,161 personnes. Cela représente une augmentation de 596 personnes (0,43%) par rapport au mois précédent. Durant le mois sous revue, 210 demandeurs d'asile ont été reconnus au statut de réfugié dont 10 par statut dérivé . 455 nouveaux demandeurs d'asile originaires du Congo RDC ont été accueillis et assistés.

22 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

In the eight years since we commemorated the first World Malaria Day, millions of women and children have continued to die from a disease that is both preventable and treatable. Malaria takes the lives of more than 1,200 children under the age of 5 every day – the staggering equivalent of 50 children every hour.

21 Apr 2015 description

Launched in June 2005 by President George W. Bush, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represented a major 5-year, $1.265 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources for malaria control. The Initiative is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PMI funds programs in 19 focus countries in Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia (see Appendix 1).