On May 13, 2015 army general Godefroid Niyombare led a coup attempt in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura to depose President Pierre Nkurunziza. The failed attempted coup led to more than two weeks of violent protests in the capital. Protesters angrily opposed the President’s bid for another five years in power, saying it violates the current two-terms limit.
Unrest is now spreading to other countries. In Rwanda, new arrivals have reported fleeing Burundi because of harassment and intimidation by Imbonerakure youth militants, who paint red marks on homes of people to be targeted.
UN reports that many people have experienced violence while trying to leave Burundi. Several women have reported threats of rape from armed men, and having to bribe their way through roadblocks. Some have walked for hours through the bush with their children. In the Democratic of the Congo, 7,661 Burundians have registered as refugees so far.
In the Democratic of the Congo, 7,661 Burundians have registered as refugees so far.
Burundi president crowdfunds unconstitutional re-election, USA Today, 27 May 2015.
Burundi coup fails, three generals arrested as country remains in turmoil, The Globe and Mail, 15 May 2015.