Burundians flee capital over fears of govt crackdown

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NAIROBI: Families were fleeing their homes in Burundi’s capital on Sunday, over fears the government will unleash a fresh wave of bloodletting as part of a crackdown to stamp out resistance to the president. Burundi has been engulfed in violence triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid to win a third term in office, with bodies found dumped in the streets on a nearly daily basis. International alarm has grown ahead of a deadline of midnight on Saturday for civilians to hand over weapons or face a new regime crackdown, drawing warnings from the head of the UN, Washington and the world’s only permanent war crimes court. At least 200 people have died in the latest turmoil and 200,000 have fled the country, sparking fears violence gripping the central African country could spin into mass bloodletting and even genocide.

AFP

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