Political instability has crippled Burundi’s economy and driven displacement, as people continue to flee prosecution and violence carried out by both the government, opposition, and their respective supporters. Assassinations, disappearances, kidnappings, torture and mass arrests have been reported. More than 400,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries since April 2015, out of which around 60,000 fled in 2017. Remaining and returning population face recurring natural hazards and food insecurity.?
INFORM measures Burundi's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster as high, at 5.8/10. Lack of coping capacity and vulnerability are at concerning levels: 6.5/10 and 6.2/10 respectively.?
Information Gaps and needs
- The closure of most independent media outlets means impartial accounts of political violence are lacking. Disappearances of journalists have been reported, most notably Iwacu journalist Jean Bigirimana - Iwacu is the single remaining independent media outlet operating in Burundi.??
- Although over 50,000 of refugees have returned since being displaced in 2014, information on their needs is absent.