Burundi

           Burundi is an African country that has had a long history of instability. This instability stems from the ethnic tensions between the Hutus and the Tutsis. As we have learned about the Rwandan genocide, similar massacres have also happened in Burundi since they are bordering countries. However, after decades of violence and tension, the Arusha Accords and other peace agreements finally put an end to the civil war between the year 2000 and 2003. The country has seen relative peace since then. But a recent event is threatening this peace. President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi announced in 2015 that he might be running for a third term. This has outraged many for, a president is only allowed two terms, which was an agreement made during the peace accords. Many people fear that if he is re-elected it could disrupt the few delicate years of peace this country has been able to achieve. Main opponents of this conflict are human rights activists such as, Jean-Claude Nkundwa. Jean-Claude fears that armed groups may be used to let the President run for a third term. For example, there was already one incident in which 47 people were killed in some sort of military confrontation. These are just early signs of what means may be used to carry out this conflict. If something is not done, it could get out of hand. The UN, the US, and the African Union have shown growing concern over this conflict. They have urged Burundi to respect free elections and to remain peaceful. I do not agree with the effectiveness of the actions of the international community. Yes they have voiced their concern, but that is all. A more concrete action may be needed to ensure that peace is still kept. Overall, there is not much we can do at this moment until we see who the next president of Burundi is. Hopefully, Burundi will see fair elections and not result back to the dark past they once faced.

Source Citation: http://www.voanews.com/content/concerns-of-violenc...

Joselow, Gabe. "Concerns of Violence as Burundi President Weighs Third Term." VOA. N.p., 1 Apr. 2015. Web. 02 May 2015.

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