Burundi: post-election crisis forces UN and partners to seek $32 million in revised relief plan

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Burundi: post-election crisis forces UN and partners to seek $32 million in revised relief plan

Burning barricades in Bujumbura, as turmoil erupted in Burundi. Photo: Desire Nimubona/IRIN
Burning barricades in Bujumbura, as turmoil erupted in Burundi. Photo: Desire Nimubona/IRIN

The United Nations in Burundi is calling for aid funding for the humanitarian crisis facing the country, which is facing its deepest political crisis since the end of the civil war after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office.

The plan requires over $32 million to ensure minimum preparedness measures and response. Some 500,000 people could be affected by the crisis, of which up to 400,000 are targeted for humanitarian assistance inside Burundi.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Resident Coordinator, rather than consolidating “the fragile peace and stability that Burundi enjoyed in recent years, these latest elections seem to have further polarized political stakeholders and plunged the country into a new uncertainty.”

On 1 August 2015, a group of Burundian opposition figures, including former heads of state, met in Addis Ababa and decided to set up a National Council for the Respect of the Arusha Agreement and the Restoration of the Rule of Law (RNAREC). The group have elected Léonard Nyangoma as their leader.

OCHA and the UN Country Team in Burundi have noted that, “given the potential for the crisis to continue or even escalate, humanitarian agencies in Burundi have revised their plan to ensure adequate measures are in place to help save lives and alleviate acute suffering through the provision of necessary coordinated protection and assistance for people in need.”

“When the political and security situation improve, partners are also committed to restore self-reliance through recovery activities targeting the most vulnerable people to build their resilience to shock and lay the foundations for durable solutions.”