105,000 flee Burundi as UN appeals for calm

UNHCR is working to relocate thousands of Burundians who have fled to Tanzanian teritory on Lake Tanganyika, using an old ferry that can carry a maximum of 600 people. © UNHCR/T.W.Monboe

More than 105,000 people have fled Burundi amid continuing uncertainty in the country after a failed military coup, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

UNHCR reported sporadic violence in the capital Bujumbura and a spike in new arrivals in neighbouring Tanzania, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UN's human rights office meanwhile said that radio and TV stations had been targeted in recent days while civil rights defenders had been forced to go into hiding.

Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.

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