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Refugees walk out on Burundi minister

Burundi minister for home affairs Mr Barandagiye (R) reacts as a refugee asked him about his involvement in the 2015 killings in Burundi. Photo by Felix Ainebyoona In Summary The refugees even refused to sing the Burundi national anthem. They had initially been hostile to Ugandan journalists who they thought were from Burundi state media. About 30 minutes were spent on calming down the refugees whose actions indicated they did not want to listen to the four-man Burundi government delegation. By Albert Tumwine & Felix Ainebyoona Everybody expected it to be a calm meeting where the Burundi minister for...

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Burundi: Famine Continues Taking People’s Lives in Bubanza, Residents Say

By Innocent Habonimana Residents of some localities of Gihanga district claim people continue dying from famine. Humanitarian actors have not so far given sufficient help since the first cases of death were reported in January. As no adequate assistance has been provided, reports of hunger-caused deaths still emerge in Bubanza province that has been plagued by famine due to drought and pest insects over the last several weeks. Local residents still say people especially the elderly and women (including pregnant ones) continue dying from complications partly due to starvation. Joseph Rwasa, a resident of Gihanga rural district says “we are always burying people dying from starvation”. He mentions a recent case of a woman whose twins died just after birth. Since widespread famine started being reported in Bubanza province from last January, relief operations have so far remained inadequate. Even the food the World Food Programme (WFP) started distributing on 8 February proves to be insufficient as it is limited to the selected few who are thought to be the most vulnerable according to WFP and the local administration. Local administrators of Gihanga rural district of Bubanza Province say the assistance should be increased to reach all residents because all are in need of help. “Everyone needs help here. We are all affected by famine since no single cultivated field has been spared by drought and insect pests”, says...

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Detained Burundian rebels facing extradition from DRC at risk of ‘a certain death’ or torture

More than 150 suspected Burundian rebels, who have been detained in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following their arrest a year ago, face imminent extradition, according to reports. As talks to resolve Burundi’s 19-month crisis continued without a significant breakthrough, armed opposition groups such as Republican Forces of Burundi (Forebu) and RED-Tabara have mushroomed. Supported by opposition hardliners, these groups have intensified attacks on government positions, and are allegedly behind assassination attempts on officials close to President Pierre Nkurunziza. In January 2016, dozens of suspected Burundian rebels were arrested by the Congolese authorities in the province of South...

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Burundi: Ikigo cya gisirikare cya Mukoni cyatewe n’abantu bitwaje intwaro

Amakuru aturuka mu gihugu cy’u Burundi aravuga ko mu ijoro ryakeye abantu bitwaje intwaro bagabye igitero ku kigo cya gisirikare cya Mukoni mu Ntara ya Muyinga nkuko byatangajwe n’abashunzwe umitekano muri iyo Ntara. Nyuma y’iki gitero, biravugwa ko abantu batandukanye bakekwaho uruhare muri iki gitero muri Muyinga batawe muri yombi. Abaharanira uburenganzira bw’ikirenwamuntu bakaba bafite impungnge ko hari n’abantu babigenderamo, kuko muri iki gitondo abashinzwe umutekano baramutse basaka mu mazu bashaka n’abadafite ibyangombwa Abakekwaho kugaba ibi bitero Amakuru dukesha SOS Media aravuga ko urusaku rw’amasasu rwatangiye kumvikana nka saa 2h15 z’urukerera rukamara hafi isaha nk’uko byatangajwe n’abaturage. Kugeza ubu...

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Burundi: Gerenade yatewe mu nzu basengeragamo ikomeretsa abantu 7

  Mu ijoro ryo ku wa 31 Ukuboza rishyira iryo ku wa 1 Mutarama 2017, umuntu utazwi yateye gerenade mu nzu abantu basengeragamo ikomeretsa 7, igikorwa leta y’u Burundi yafashe nk’icy’iterabwoba. Iki gikorwa cyabereye mu Ntara ya Bubanza mu gace ka Rugazi, iyo nzu ikaba yaratewemo gerenade imwe, barindwi bakomeretse bakaba barahise bajyanwa mu bitaro kwitabwaho. Willy Nyamitwe, umuvugizi wa Perezida w’u Burundi akaba yanenze iki gikorwa aho yagize ati: “Gerenade yatewe mu nzu y’amasengesho, igikorwa cy’iterabwoba nk’icyakorewe nyakwigendera Minisitiri w’ibidukikije”. Buhoro buhoro ni nako hakomeza kugaragara ibikorwa by’iterabwoba mu gihugu cy’u Burundi, bikorerwa uwo ari we se, ku...

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