Ongoing Violence in Burundi Raises Prospect of Outside Intervention

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug. 20, 2015 (AP photo by Gildas Ngingo).
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug. 20, 2015 (AP photo by Gildas Ngingo).

Three months after Burundi held its third elections since the end of its long civil war, violence has only deepened in the country. July’s fraught presidential vote took place in an environment tainted by government crackdowns and fear, and there has been an alarming upsurge in arrests, detentions and killings, with bodies found almost daily in the streets of Bujumbura, the capital. On Monday, President Pierre Nkurunziza warned that Burundians must give up any illegal firearms by Saturday, or risk being “dealt with as enemies of the nation.” Burundi had already descended into crisis in April, following the announcement of […]

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