“If nothing is done, mindless killings in Burundi will go on”, says Beate Klarsfeld
Beate Klarsfed, recently appointed Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations on Teaching the Holocaust and preventing genocide, went to Bujumbura to witness massacres going on for months. Her aim is to alert the international community by reporting on the situation and to convince the Burundian government of the validity of UN mediation.
Observing a mainly young population suffering of a terrible poverty worsened by the political crisis coming from Paul Nkurunziza’s desire to renew its mandate for a third time, she argues that the country needs both a financial and an external support.
Though the conflict doesn’t have an ethnical origin – contrary to what happened in Rwanda in 1994 -, she fears that the massacres driven by the political confrontation may have the same consequences than the Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda.
For her, if nothing is done, the mindless killings won’t stop and the country will risk a dreadful civil war between the opposition and the government.
To learn more, see here (French).
"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan