Burundi

UN rights chief alarmed over Burundi militia ‘rape’ song

The UN’s top human rights official says he’s alarmed by what appears to be a “widespread pattern” of rallies in Burundi in which members of a pro-government youth militia sing about impregnating opponents. An online video emerged this month of an incident involving the Imbonerakure militia. Burundi’s ruling party criticized the song. The UN human […]

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At least six dead in Burundi floods

At least six people have died in Burundi in a night of torrential rain and flooding that triggered landslides and caused widespread damage, the government said on Friday. In the northwestern town of Mabayi, a landslide smothered several houses, and rescuers found five victims, while flooding in a suburb of the capital Bujumbura left another […]

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Burundi: 700 killed by Malaria

Burundi’s government says malaria has killed more than 700 people across the country so far this year. The Ministry of Health told reporters on Monday that the country is facing a malaria epidemic. Health Minister Dr. Josiane Nijimbere said the death toll is “worrying” as pregnant women and children under age 5 are the most […]

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UN chief warns Burundi’s leader seeking 4th term

A new report by the UN secretary general warns that if Burundi’s president tries to seek a fourth term it could “plunge the country into an even deeper crisis”. The UN chief Antonio Guterres’ report to the UN Security Council cites recent comments by President Pierre Nkurunziza that he might pursue a fourth term if […]

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