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UNICEF Burundi Humanitarian Situation Report – 21 May 2015

Situation Report
Originally published



· The past weeks of civil unrest and response by the security forces have raised serious concerns regarding child rights violations. Children were repeatedly caught up in demonstrations either as active participants or simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

· Security forces were indiscriminate in their violent response and as a result at least three children were killed, many injured and arrested.

· More than 2,400 suspected cases of cholera, out of which 33 deceased, have been reported among Burundian refugees in Tanzania; on the Burundi side of the border there are 15 suspected cholera cases.

· Access to health centers and hospitals in Bujumbura has been challenging for children and women in the last two weeks.

· Over 110,000 refugees are seeking asylum in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania, a situation that is further aggravated due to space limitations, stock-outs or shortages of medical supplies and outbreak of diseases.

· Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest malnutrition rates figuring on the top of the world hunger index. Prolonged insecurity that provokes repetitive displacement of people is likely to have a massive impact on an already vulnerable population