Burundian Refugees Return Home From Rwanda to an Uncertain Future

Burundian refugees arrive back in Gasenyi, Burundi, Aug. 27, 2020 (AP photo by Berthier Mugiraneza).
Burundian refugees arrive back in Gasenyi, Burundi, Aug. 27, 2020 (AP photo by Berthier Mugiraneza).
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For the first time since fleeing their country five years ago, Burundian refugees living in Rwanda are returning home. But while the government sees this as a significant step in uniting a nation torn apart by political violence, activists and aid workers are treating it with caution. Tens of thousands of Burundians remain fearful of returning to a country where human rights abuses are still rampant. The East African nation has been reeling since it was thrown into turmoil when late President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to seek a controversial third term in 2015. When thousands of Burundians took to the […]

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