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22 Oct 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Situation in numbers

  • Total Refugees: 2.5M
  • Total IDPs in Burundi: 159,152
  • Total Burundi Returnees: 47,000
  • 1.5M Children (59%)
  • 95,491 IDP Children (60%)
02 Oct 2017 description

ACCORD continues to strengthen the mediation capacities of women in Africa.

11 Sep 2017 description
report UN Radio

Devant le Conseil des droits de l'homme, le Chef des droits de l'homme de l'ONU a regretté l'hypocrisie de certains États qui défendent les droits humains sur la scène internationale tout en les bafouant ouvertement chez eux. Lors de l'ouverture de cette 36e session de cet organe onusien basé à Genève, M. Zeid a demandé au Président du Conseil et aux États membres d'envisager d'exclure du Conseil des droits de l'homme les États coupables des pires violations des droits de l'homme.

24 Jul 2017 description

Peace and security issues took greater precedence at the recent bi-annual AU summit in Addis Ababa than in previous years. The crises in Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia were among the issues discussed, but no major decisions were taken by the heads of state and government.

30 Aug 2016 description

Since 2014, the East African Community has been a key player in attempts to resolve the ongoing instability in Burundi.

The organisation recognised early on that a crisis was looming, but it waited too long to act at the highest level and was unable to affect key aspects of the crisis, such as the elections in June and July 2015.

The coup attempt of 13 May 2015, as EAC heads of state were discussing the crisis at an EAC summit in Dar es Salaam, widened splits along political lines between the member states and undermined a coherent stance and policies on Burundi.

22 Feb 2016 description
report UN News Service

22 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, for an official visit during which is expected to meet President Pierre Nkurunziza and other actors in support of ongoing UN efforts at resolving Burundi’s political crisis.

31 Jan 2016 description
report UN News Service

31 January 2016 – The Government and people of Burundi should resolve the country's months-long political crisis through inclusive dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he wrapped up three days of wide-ranging meetings with African Union (AU) leaders today, warning that the deteriorating situation in Burundi is “a source of great concern, not only in the region, but in the continent and the world.”

30 Jan 2016 description
report UN News Service

29 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, in an address to the African Union Peace and Security Council, spotlighted three topics high on the regional body’s agenda – counter-terrorism, and the ongoing crises in both South Sudan and Burundi – all of which require urgent attention at the continental-level and from the wider international community.

28 Jan 2016 description
report EastAfrican


In Summary

  • The Burundi issue will dominate agenda as heads of state decide whether to allow the deployment of 5,000 troops in Burundi by the AU.

The 26th African Union (AU) summit is heavily loaded with agenda items.

One of the burning issues is whether the Heads of State who arrive here later this week will authorise the deployment of an armed force in the troubled central African country of Burundi.

05 Jan 2016 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Burundi, Iraq, Somalia, and South Sudan. The update also reiterates key recommendations to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict ahead of the conclusion negotiations on Afghanistan, still pending.

18 Nov 2015 description


  • Conflict and adverse climatic conditions continue to drive humanitarian needs in the region

  • Acute sectoral needs continue to be reported in Ethiopia

  • Flood preparedness in full swing as El Niño expected to cause serious flooding in the region

  • Civilian death tolls and human rights violations on the rise in Burundi

  • Urgent access needed to prevent food crisis in Unity State, South Sudan

Regional humanitarian outlook

21 Aug 2015 description


  • Likely El Niño event could cause mix of drought and flooding

  • Conflict and political tension driving food and nutrition insecurity

  • UN, AU warn of risks in Burundi

  • Number of people fleeing Yemen to the Horn of Africa continues to rise

  • AU holds WHS consultation in region

  • Scale-up of Somali refugee repatriation from Kenya foreseen

  • Despite renewed peace efforts, humanitarian situation in South Sudan continues to worsen

30 Jun 2015 description


  • 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.

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

18 Jun 2015 description


  • 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.

25 May 2015 description


Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, 22 May 2015

29 Apr 2015 description


  • Food security is expected to deepen for many vulnerable households as the lean period start by end April - May. Malnutrition levels are expected to worsen after May and are already above critical thresholds in parts of northern Kenya, eastern and southern Ethiopia, rural Djibouti, and south-central Somalia.

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.

05 Jul 2014 description

The Government of Rwanda, spearheading an African Union-led initiative, and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have signed an agreement aimed at providing at least EUR 50 million (approx. USD 70 million) within an Africa-wide resource mobilization initiative. The initiative will finance improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa. The agreement was signed on the fringes of the 23rd AU Summit held from 26-27 June 2014 In Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).