Targeted youth killings is "killing the future of Burundi"

People demonstrate in Bujumbura against a decision by Burundi's ruling party to nominate President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term (April 2015). Photo: Desire Nimubona/IRIN

Killing Burundi's children is tantamount to "killing the future" of the central African country, a senior UN representative on genocide issues has warned.

Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, told the Security Council that the potential for atrocity crimes and genocide, similar to Rwanda in 1994, was growing.

The UN Children's Fund has warned that child rights violations have multiplied since violent unrest began in April, and 17 children are among the more than 200 dead.

Around 200,000 people have fled their homes.

Matthew Wells asked Mr Dieng what he thought of the latest situation in Burundi.

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