Burundi and the Eastern DRC
The Republic of Burundi is a small nation in Central Africa—bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the southeast and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the west. The country is landlocked, with much of its western border adjacent to Lake Tanganyika. The country’s name derives from its Bantu language,
Kirundi. Geographically isolated facing population pressures and having sparse resources, Burundi is one of the poorest and most conflict-ridden countries in Africa and in the world.
Instability and war have had a huge detrimental effect on the country and its people. Access to food and basic services has been hampered and there has been little opportunity for economic development. In recent years, continued fighting in the DRC has been having the same effect in that country. Both countries lack basic social services and it is often the women and children who suffer most.
Since the Presidential election, there have been street demonstrations, shootings and over 200 deaths. The safety of the children and staff of the centres that CC4Africa are a major concern. As of December 2015, all the children were safe, though some had to be relocated. Throughout the political troubles, the medical facilities at Gitega and Rohero remained in full operation.
The challenges of the conflict and less local contacts is impacting ability to get consistent and reliable updates.
The Gitega children’s program had to temporarily shut down due to a rise in violence in the area.
While the political situation in Burundi continues to deteriorate, and the tension is very obvious, the medical facilities in Gitega and Rohero have still remained fully operational. This would not be possible without the amazing commitment and the perseverance of the staff, children and other supporting community members. The continued donor support contributed greatly to the well-being of our partners on the ground.