Burundi hopes

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From 1993 to 2006, Burundi was plagued by a civil war. In December 2008, the government and the last rebel group signed their final cease-fire agreement. Elections were held from May to September 2010, but some parties claimed that they were fraudulent. Politically motivated attacks continue.

In October 2010 a government official’s residence was attacked in Bujumbura; gunfire was exchanged. Travelers should avoid party headquarters and meeting spots. Gunfire and grenade attacks are common even in urban areas.

Crime, often committed by groups of armed bandits or street children and including muggings, burglaries, robberies and carjackings, poses the highest risk for visitors to both Bujumbura and Burundi. Armed criminals have ambushed vehicles, particularly on roads leading out of Bujumbura.

Be aware that peaceful demonstrations can turn violent. Even sporting events can become politicized and turn violent.

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From 1993 to 2006, Burundi was plagued by a civil war. In December 2008, the government and the last rebel group signed their final cease-fire agreement. Elections were held from May to September 2010, but some parties claimed that they were fraudulent. Politically motivated attacks continue.

In October 2010 a government official’s residence was attacked in Bujumbura; gunfire was exchanged. Travelers should avoid party headquarters and meeting spots. Gunfire and grenade attacks are common even in urban areas.

Crime, often committed by groups of armed bandits or street children and including muggings, burglaries, robberies and carjackings, poses the highest risk for visitors to both Bujumbura and Burundi. Armed criminals have ambushed vehicles, particularly on roads leading out of Bujumbura.

Be aware that peaceful demonstrations can turn violent. Even sporting events can become politicized and turn violent.