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09 May 2018 description
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Once held up as a model for resettlement, Tanzanian government policy is hardening at just the wrong time

KIGOMA/Tanzania, 8 May 2018 | A political almanac, a miniature desk flag, a poster of presidents past and present: symbols of Tanzania, the country that has given her refuge since she fled violence in neighbouring Burundi in 1972, dot the home of Magreth Lameck Mtema in the town of Kigoma, on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.

04 May 2018 description
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Burundi isn’t at war, but it has all the humanitarian hallmarks of a country that is.

Campaigning began this week ahead of a 17 May referendum that will allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in office until 2034. A government clampdown and an uptick in political violence are raising fears that the humanitarian situation will deteriorate further as civil liberties and the rule of law are eroded, prompting more people to join some 400,000 already seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

01 Feb 2018 description
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Tonderayi Mukeredzi

Southern and East African countries are facing a severe cholera outbreak that is exposing the failure in public sanitation and the impact of government neglect.

Last year, there were more than 109,442 cholera cases resulting in 1,708 deaths in 12 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR), according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

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16 Jan 2018 description
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The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

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12 Oct 2017 description
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GENEVA, 11 October 2017

The Burundian government carries the primary responsibility for protecting its citizens from crimes against humanity, but instead it’s the main abuser.

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22 Aug 2017 description
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Next month, the Commission of Enquiry on Burundi, established by the UN Human Rights Council, is due to deliver its final report on abuses in the central African state and to make a judgement as to whether these abuses, including killings, torture, and abduction, amount to international crimes.

26 Jul 2017 description
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Two years ago, President Pierre Nkurunziza ignited a political crisis in Burundi when he announced that he would run for a controversial third presidential term. Thousands of people were killed, disappeared, and tortured in the violence that followed, and more than 417,000 have fled the country.

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22 Jun 2017 description
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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to seek a disputed third term more than two years ago, spawning a period of unrest marked by extrajudicial killings, a failed coup, and ethnic division. Given repeated assurances from government officials and the dearth of media coverage, you would be forgiven for thinking that period ended some time ago. It did not. The country’s population continues to face armed violence, civil and human rights abuses, while food insecurity and economic hardship persist.

17 Mar 2017 description
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By Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods.

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04 Jan 2017 description
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Par Obi Anyadike
Rédacteur pour l'Afrique

NAIROBI, 27 décembre 2016

Dans une bonne partie du monde, la saison des fêtes est l’occasion de se faire plaisir. Mais il en va bien autrement pour ceux qui sont occupés à fuir la violence et les bouleversements ou qui se trouvent coincés dans un camp de réfugiés avec pour tout repas de Noël les maigres rations alimentaires qui leur sont distribuées.

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28 Dec 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike

Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 27 December 2016

Across much of the world, the festive season is a time of indulgence. But what if you’re too busy fleeing violence and upheaval, or stuck in a refugee camp on reduced rations?

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20 Dec 2016 description
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By Jeffrey Williams

She’s watching the road just outside her house, sitting on a tree trunk used as a barricade during anti-government protests last year against President Pierre Nkurunziza. And she’s talking to herself.

“This person walks like Benny. Even his shirt looks like Benny’s,” she says, her grief heavy, as a man walks past the house.

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19 Dec 2016 description
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Par Jeffrey Williams
BUJUMBURA, 19 décembre 2016

Elle regarde la route qui longe sa maison, assise sur un tronc utilisé comme barricade lors des manifestations antigouvernementales de l’année dernière contre le président Pierre Nkurunziza. Elle se parle à elle-même.

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28 Oct 2016 description
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Le président promulgue la loi portant retrait du Burundi de la Cour pénale internationale

BUJUMBURA, 19 octobre 2016

Le Burundi est le premier pays au monde à amorcer le processus de retrait du statut de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI), en riposte à la décision prise cette année par la Cour d’entamer un examen préliminaire sur des atteintes aux droits de l’homme perpétrées dans le pays.

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20 Oct 2016 description
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President signs law to begin withdrawal from the international court

BUJUMBURA, 19 October 2016

Burundi has become the first country to begin the process of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, retaliation for the ICC’s decision earlier this year to open a preliminary investigation into human rights abuses.

President Pierre Nkurunziza signed legislation on Tuesday after lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for withdrawal from the ICC, which the government says backs a regime change agenda, masterminded by Western powers.

05 Oct 2016 description
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By Philip Kleinfeld
Freelance journalist and IRIN contributor

AKANYARU, 5 October 2016

Walking through Kimironko market in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, you wouldn’t necessarily realise its traders were struggling. Business seems brisk and stalls are overflowing with fruit, vegetables, and huge mounds of dried fish in baskets. But life for some of Kimironko’s traders hasn’t been easy over the past two months.

07 Jun 2016 description
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With no peace talks on the cards, the threat of civil war grows

By Jean-Baptiste Nkurunziza and Obi Anyadike
BUJUMBURA, 7 June 2016

A year after President Pierre Nkurunziza controversially decided to stand for a third term in office in Burundi, more than 1,150 people have died in political violence, according to conflict tracking NGO ACLED.

25 May 2016 description
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By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 24 May 2016

The purpose of peace talks is to engage your opponent across the negotiating table. But the Burundi government sees things differently and by picking and choosing who it talks to, on Tuesday sank the latest mediation effort to resolve the country’s political crisis.

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05 May 2016 description
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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.

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03 Mar 2016 description
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As meaningful talks elude the troubled east African nation, war fears grow

By Désiré Nimubona Samuel Okiror


There’s been a flurry of high-profile visits to Burundi designed to find a settlement to the political crisis but little evidence yet that anything has been achieved.