Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Mass Killings and Allegations of Genocide Hit Burundi By Lizabeth Paulat
“Africa will NOT allow another Genocide to take place on its soil.” This was the communication from the African Union’s Peace and Security Council. However, even as members of the council met, extrajudicial killings were taking place in Burundi.
Photos, media reports and refugees tell harrowing tales of the political violence gripping the country. They speak of men being dragged out of their homes at night and killed on the street. Of neighbors and parents vanishing without a trace. It is a situation that calls for immediate and concerted international action. However, so far, according to sources, peacekeepers within the country have not been allowed to do their jobs.
Burundi descended into political chaos after President Pierre Nkurunziza made a bid for his third term in office, despite the fact that the Burundian constitution only allows a president to serve for two terms. The nation’s high courts allowed his third term on a technicality. Not long after, the streets of Burundi’s capital erupted in protests and an attempted coup. However this was all shut down under the strong arm of Nkurunziza’s government.