Burundi has been beset by conflict and instability for many years. Burundi is one of the poorest countries in Africa, with some 80 per cent of the population living in poverty.
This enduring hardship is the legacy of the civil war which erupted in 1993 between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. The conflict lasted until 2006 and claimed some 300,000 lives.
The humanitarian situation inside Burundi remains tense. President Nkurunziza’s decision to stay in office in April 2015 sparked an attempted military coup. The coup failed but was followed by an outbreak of unrest which claimed nearly 500 lives—and sporadic episodes of violence are continuing.
War Child has worked in partnership with national NGOs inside Burundi since 2008 and established its own operations there in 2011.
The political and economic crisis has created ...
Children in Burundi
Children in Burundi are at constant risk. The fear of more violent outbreaks in and around their communities never stops.
Many children, having being displaced from the conflcit and ongoing clashes, have been separated from their families, caregivers, and friends.
Social services and other basic state operations have come to stand-still. Protections for children, especially from forms of exploitaiton, are non-existent.
The refugee situation is, however, slowly improving—12,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania have registered to UNHCR to be repatriated to Burundi voluntarily before the end of 2017.
More needs to be done, however, to help the most vulnerable children still in Burundi.
What we do in Burundi
War Child works on rebuilding social structures inside Burundi. We connect them with at-risk children by strengthening the capacity of community-based structures concerning child protection.
Our projects are designed to deliver protection, psychosocial support and education to children inside Burundi. Our work to create safe and supportive environments provides the space where children can process their traumatic experiences, rebuild their confidence and contribute towards a better future—both for themselves and their communities.