21,000 refugees seek protection in Rwanda

These Burundians in Rwanda’s Bugesera reception centre fled across the border to escape from pre-election violence. © UNHCR/S.Masengesho

Around 21,000 people have fled from Burundi into Rwanda following political protests, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has confirmed.

Civil unrest erupted on Sunday in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, after the ruling party elected sitting President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for the third time.

The UN has warned that an attempt to seek a third term in the June presidential election is unconstitutional.

Alpha Diallo asked Saber Azam, the UNHCR Representative in Rwanda, for an update on the situation.

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