World Bulletin / News Desk
Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
More than a week of demonstrations have plunged the African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Civil society groups say a dozen people have been killed. Police say the death toll is half that number.
A Reuters witness saw about 200 protesters in another district. But most of Bujumbura's streets were relatively calm and police surrounded the scenes of recent flashpoints, a Reuters witness said.
The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said 39,091 Burundians had sought asylum in neighbouring states since the start of April.
The number has been rising steadily on a daily basis, and diplomats say many people have left to stay with relatives in neighbouring states and are not being registered as refugees in host countries.
"If there are people who feel that the nomination of the Burundi president for re-election is illegal, they should follow the course of justice to get to the truth and resolve the matter, not use force," Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said in a statement.
Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel leader, says the demonstrations are an "insurrectional movement".Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Mayıs 2015, 12:47