It is estimated that over 200 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries to avoid the unrest and actions by the military.
Human rights defenders and journalists have been targets of violence and intimidation. Since Nkurunziza’s announcement that he would remain in office, at least 400 confirmed deaths have occurred. Raids in the night have taken men away. They are often found shot dead in the streets with the morning light.
A group that calls itself the Republican Forces of Burundi has vowed to oust the president and reinstall the accords that ended the 13 year long civil war.
It is unlikely that Nkurunziza will go quietly. He is reputed to be a born-again Christian who believes that he is ruling by divine fiat.
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