Geneva, 3 March 2000
The peace in Burundi still remains very fragile with armed groups still active especially in the southern and western provinces of Bubanza, Bujumbura Rural, Bururi, Makamba, Rutana, and Kayanza. Many people are displaced including over 300,000 who were forced in exposed re-groupment camps in Bujumbura Rural where living conditions can only be described as deplorable. The total displaced within the country is estimated at 800,000 including some who have been displaced for years. The continuing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo adds to the insecurity of the country. Apart from the insecurity the country's economy continues to deteriorate with the exchange rate continuously plunging. The majority of the people especially in the rural areas are facing severe hardships.
ACT members, Christian Aid and the Council of Churches in Burundi would like to continue to offer humanitarian aid to the vulnerable people of Burundi and try to get them on a path of long term development if the peace holds.
ACT Christian Aid and the Council of Churches in Burundi proposes to respond in the following areas;
- Agricultural Rehabilitation including the distribution of seeds and tools.
- Housing Rehabilitation
- Medical Relief
- Distribution of Non-Food Items.
- Rehabilitation of educational structures
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