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Burundi

The second poorest country in the world, Burundi now faces a humanitarian crisis due to ongoing political instability. Children are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, violence, and exploitation.

Here journalists can access the latest news and resources on the situation for children and UNICEF’s response.

Contact our media teams in Burundi, Nairobi and New York to speak to experts.

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Beyoncé partners with UNICEF to bring safe water to children in remote areas of Burundi
NEW ORLEANS, 30 June 2017 – Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. The partnership will support programmes to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation.

Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 4 June 2016 – "UNICEF is deeply concerned about the arrests, expulsions from school and injuries of children in Burundi.

UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

Burundi: Urgent action needed to prevent a humanitarian crisis
NEW YORK, 15 December 2015 - Two United Nations Emergency Directors warned today that urgent action is needed to prevent a descent into catastrophic violence in Burundi.

Children’s futures being compromised as violence escalates in Burundi, says UNICEF
NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 November 2015 – Children risk bearing the brunt of an escalation in violence in Burundi, UNICEF warned today, noting that the crisis has already left 17 children dead and many more injured.

Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, on school attack in Burundi
NAIROBI, 19 June 2015 – "The grenade attack on school grounds in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, which resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old boy is a deplorable assault on a place that should always be safe for every child.

UNICEF renews call for protection and safety of children amidst violence in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi / NAIROBI, 27 May 2015 – UNICEF said today it is extremely concerned by evidence of the continued presence of children amidst violent confrontations in Burundi. This situation has led to the death of yet another child in a shooting Monday and the injury of a child struck by a bullet yesterday.

Cholera outbreak triggers UNICEF relief operation at Burundi-Tanzania border
BUJUMBURA, Burundi/NAIROBI, Kenya/DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania, 21 May 2015 – UNICEF has rushed relief supplies to Tanzania’s north-western border with Burundi, in response to a devastating cholera outbreak which has so far claimed 27 lives among the 50,000 Burundian refugees gathered on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Tens of thousands of children flee violence in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 15 May 2015 - Approximately 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom are women and children, have fled violent clashes in Burundi to neighbouring Great Lakes countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These number of refugees is expected to rise, as the situation in Burundi remains volatile.

BURUNDI: UNICEF calls for protection of children amid protests in the capital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 30 April 2015 – "Children are at risk of bearing the brunt of the confrontations in and around Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.


 

 

 

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