127,000 flee Burundi amid unrest

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GENEVA: Nearly 127,000 Burundians have registered as refugees in neighboring countries and many more have likely fled under the radar from the troubled central African nation, the United Nations said Friday. Since Burundi’s political turmoil started in April, the UN refugee agency said it had seen 62,000 Burundians register as refugees in neighboring Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, 10,590 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 8,855 in Uganda and 400 in Zambia. “Many more Burundians are thought to have left the country but have not registered as refugees,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. The exodus has come as around 70 people have been killed in weeks of brutally suppressed street protests. The central African nation was plunged into turmoil in late April when President Pierre Nkurunziza launched his drive to serve a third consecutive five-year term.

AFP

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