Central and East African refugee crisis expands as hundreds of thousands of Burundians flee country
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) reported that almost 325,000 Burundians have fled political violence in their country following the president’s decision to seek a third term.
Almost 250,000 have crossed into neighboring Tanzania, where poor conditions in underresourced, overcrowded camps—including the threat of malaria—have compounded refugees’ insecurity.
Refugees report having suffered harassment, hunger, and poor prospects as the country has fractured following the disputed July 2015 reelection of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
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“ Tanzania: Assistance Urgently Needed for Refugees” (Médecins Sans Frontières)
“ Burundi exodus driving major African refugee crisis – charity” (The Thomson Reuters Foundation)
“ Burundi will soon be one of ‘Africa’s biggest refugee crises’, says MSF” (International Business Times)
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Rwandan pastor convicted of involvement in 1994 genocide
Jean Uwinkindi, a former Pentecostal pastor, was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of contributing to the slaughter that left 800,000 minority ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead in 1994.
The court found that Uwinkindi, arrested in 2010, was responsible for coordinating and leading attacks against Tutsis at Rwankeri and Kanzene hills
Uwinkindi had been a pastor at the time of the genocide and reportedly executed Tutsi women and children who sought refuge in his church.
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Rwandan pastor jailed for life for genocide-era crimes” (Reuters)
“ Rwanda : Génocide, un ancien pasteur condamné à la prison à vie” (Koaci, in French)
“ Rwanda genocide: Jean Uwinkindi sentenced to life in prison” (BBC)
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The U.N.’s safe cities initiative integrates women’s safety into development projects globally
The cross-sector “Safe Cities Global Initiative” aims to stem sexual violence and harassment of women in urban spaces through infrastructure and program development.
In Delhi, mobile app Safetipin crowdsources safety reviews of public spaces and integrates GPS for personal tracking and security.
Projects have sprung up in other cities as well, including Cairo, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, and Kigali in Rwanda.
“Unsafe public spaces limit women’s and girl’s life choices. This daily reality limits their freedom to participate in education, work, recreation, and in political life.”
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Al Jazeera‘s infographic on the Burundi refugee crisis
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