“Burundi: Violence and Security”
There is a fragile peace in Burundi following the killing of a senior military official, his wife and daughter, last Monday. President Pierre Nkurunziza has condemned the killing and given his security forces a seven-day deadline to find Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza’s killers. Kararuza was a military adviser in the Office of the Vice-President. He previously worked as a deputy commander of an international peace force in the Central African Republic. Attacks and counter-attacks between Nkurunziza’s security forces and his opponents have escalated since April 2015, when he announced a disputed bid for a third term as president. Members of the Burundian diaspora and exiled civil society leaders demonstrated recently in front of the United Nations, urging the international community to send a robust UN police force to help protect civilians as their country enters a second year of post-election violence.
Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the violence and security situation in Burundi.
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What do you think about the United Nations possibly providing armed forces to stop the violence and provide security in Burundi? Email us your reply at firstname.lastname@example.org or write us on Facebook.
Ayen Bior, VOA Social Media Reporter
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Washington Studio Guests:
Reporter, VOA Central Africa Service
Burundian Ambassador to the United States
Burundian Poet and Activist
Skype from Calgary, Canada