Burundi Attack puts SOS Children's Villages on High Alert

Bujumbura, Burundi – On November 7, 2015, nine people were shot dead in a bar by unknown assailants in Kanyosha commune, Bujumbura.
 
“This was a popular spot in the capital,” said Liliane, Fundraising and Communications advisor of SOS Children’s Villages — Burundi. “The gunmen killed the owner of the bar and his son. The other victims were patrons.”
 
This comes after a government amnesty expired, which would require Burundians to hand over illegal fire arms. Reports indicate that security personnel have been carrying house to house searches in the communes within the city. President Nkurunziza has said those who refused to obey the decree would be “dealt with as enemies of the nation.”
 
Aid agencies say that people started fleeing their homes before the deadline for fear of an escalation of violence and of being targeted. Burundi has experienced a cycle of violence since April when the president decided to stand for re-election.
 
“SOS Children's Villages Burundi is obviously affected by this situation even though the care for SOS Children goes on as usual, and children in Hermann Gmeiner schools continue to attend classes,” Liliane said. “People are always afraid. We are unsure of what will happen tomorrow.”

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