Sunday, 13 December 2015

Violence in Burundi

Burundi Death Toll Rises, East Africans Speak Up
The death toll following the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since failed May coup has risen over 90.
Blasts and gunfire echoed around Bujumbura for most of Friday and residents said officials spent the day collecting bullet-riddled bodies from city streets.
There was no fighting overnight and the capital's streets were calm on Saturday. The situation today is reported to be mostly calm but tense.
Army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza said gunmen had attacked three military sites in Bujumbura, kindling a day of clashes across the city. He said 79 attackers were killed and 45 others captured. Four police officers and four soldiers also died.
On Twitter, users, especially from East Africa are using the hashtags ‪#‎Act4Burundi‬ and ‪#‎Pray4Burundi‬ to drum up media attention and compel regional leaders to do more towards a resolution to end the violence. A vigil is scheduled for today in Nairobi, Kenya for the victims of Friday's attacks.
Unrest in Burundi, which started in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans for a third term in office, has unnerved a region still volatile two decades after the genocide in neighboring Rwanda.
(Additional information via AFP)

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