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UN aid to refugees of Burundi

· Seventy thousand in Rwanda and Tanzania ·

The United Nations has allocated 15 million dollars to the urgent situation of 70,000 people of Burundi who have fled to Rwanda and Tanzania.

The money will go to help those escaping the ever increasing violence in their country. Stephen O’Brien, the new head of the UN agency OCHA which coordinates humanitarian aid, announced this, underlining the particularly urgent need of the sick and malnourished children.

The situation of the refugees, as always happens during conflicts, is an indicator of how Burundi is now well beyond a forum for political conflict. The country is experiencing uncontrolled violence – which could have tragic implications for the Hutu and Tutsi — following President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term, according to the opposition which defies both the Constitution and the agreement of 2000 which put an end to 15 year civil war between Hutus and Tutsis. 

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