Burundi Massacre: Learning From Past Genocides

Gunmen disguised as police led a bar massacre near the Burundian capital of Bujumbura last Sunday, with an estimated 36 people killed one by one. The brazen attack has heightened fears of a civil war in the landlocked, East African country of 8.3 million. Burundi is no stranger to massacres. Genocides and civil wars between Hutus and Tutsis claimed the lives of over 300,000 civilians. As many as 6,000 children were used as soldiers, molded to murder. Though the war officially ended in 2005 and the last rebel group joined…

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“$431 million in food and non-food emergency assistance is not enough”

The United States is deeply concerned by the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa and today’s announcement by the United Nations that a famine is underway in parts of Somalia. The United States is the largest bilateral donor of emergency assistance to the eastern Horn of Africa. We have already responded with over $431 million in food and non-food emergency assistance this year alone. But it is not enough — the need is only expected to increase and more must be done by the United States and the international…

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