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How Burundi’s political crisis has crippled its economy

BUJUMBURA, 12 February 2016 (IRIN) - The crisis that erupted in Burundi in April 2015 following Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a controversial third term as president has claimed more than 400 lives and caused more than 230,000 people to flee the country, according to the UN. But it isn’t just the citizens who have suffered - the economy is in a bad way too. full report

Burundi - nobody to the rescue?

NAIROBI, 29 January 2016 (IRIN) - It’s almost a given that African leaders meeting this weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will not override Burundi’s objections and endorse the deployment of a 5,000-strong intervention force to help end the violence in the troubled country. full report

How a city in Tanzania holds the key to peace in Burundi*

NAIROBI, 13 January 2016 (IRIN) - At some stage, both sides in Burundi’s increasingly bloody political crisis are likely to be sitting across the table from one another in Arusha, Tanzania, looking to agree a political settlement. full report

Uganda feels the strain of the Burundi crisis

KAMPALA, 11 January 2016 (IRIN) - For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge. full report

Briefing: What next for the Burundi peace process?

KAMPALA, 4 January 2016 (IRIN) - Talks aimed at a settlement to Burundi’s violent political divide are due to start in neighbouring Tanzania on Wednesday, but the government is taking a hard line over what it considers interference in its internal affairs. So how far apart are the parties and is there any hope of progress? full report

Will peacekeeper plan help end Burundi violence?

KAMPALA, 18 December 2015 (IRIN) - Plans for the African Union to deploy 5,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians in Burundi have been broadly welcomed, but will they help end months of deadly political unrest ignited by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s quest for a third term? full report

As body count mounts, Burundi talks ever more urgent

BUJUMBURA, 15 December 2015 (IRIN) - After the deadliest clashes in eight months of political unrest in Burundi, the need for talks to mediate the crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial third term is greater than ever. But Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the lead negotiator, has his own election to worry about and many fear time is running out before things will unravel further: full report

Top Picks: 2016 crisis watch, deadliest wars, rethinking Burundi

LONDON, 11 December 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Comment: What talks in Burundi should look like

BUJUMBURA, 17 November 2015 (IRIN) - Warnings of a looming genocide in Burundi dangerously misrepresent the nature of the crisis in my country, but the widespread calls for urgent mediated talks are nevertheless well founded. They are an essential step to halting a cycle of violence that has claimed some 240 lives since April. full report

Cracks widen within Burundi’s army

BUJUMBARA, 12 October 2015 (IRIN) - A central pillar of the peace accords that ended a civil war in Burundi a decade ago – integrating fomer Hutu rebels into the Tutsi-dominated army to create a more ethnically balanced force – is looking distinctly wobbly. full report

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