Post-election crisis escalates in Burundi

Arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, and hate speeches have generated fears of mass violence.

| Politics, War & Conflict, Africa, Burundi

Bujumbura, Burundi - Turmoil continues to grip Burundi more than six months after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a controversial third term.

Gunfire and grenades can be heard almost every night, and in the morning, bodies are often discovered on the streets.

About 200 people have been killed since April, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, and speeches of hate from political leaders have generated fears of mass violence - and the threat of a return to civil war.

Nkurunziza ordered people to surrender their weapons on Sunday or be considered members of an armed resistance. Hundreds of residents have fled their neighbourhoods in anticipation of the raids by security forces.


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