Refugees fear history is repeating itself in Burundi

center_img This is the fourth time he has been a refugee and he is fed up.“I am asking the Tanzanian government to give us land because Burundi is no longer our home. There is a problem every year,” he said.Nakaha is among more than 90,000 who have fled Burundi because they are afraid of getting caught in the violence which many have witnessed before.Burundi, a central African country of 10 million with rolling lush green landscapes, has had a history of political upheaval characterized by coups, assassinations and ethnic-based fighting. The country has experienced four coups.Based on its violent past many fear that history could be repeating itself this year due to the simmering unrest in the capital over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office.“The prospect of a third term for President Nkurunziza calls into question the preservation of peace in Burundi. The president is risking it all by trying to force his name on the ballot, against the Catholic Church, civil society, a fraction of his own party and most external partners,” said the International Crisis Group in a report in April.Weeks of street protests have hit Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, since the ruling party announced on April 25 that Nkurunziza would run for president again. At least 20 people have died and 471 injured in the continuing protests, according the Burundi Red Cross. Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img

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