In Burundi, ethnic contradictions are used to build up during a conflict that only serves the leaders – who want to retain power. However, it appears that large sections of the Burundian population, Hutus as well as Tutsis, will not participate in ethnic violence. Many of them report the abuses to the outside world. Then it is important that the world listens.
As in so many other conflicts, the press and the opposition are the first to be affected by the violence. Several members of the press are killed, and human rights defenders are attacked. Just over 300 people have fled the country. . .
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