West's aid cuts to Burundi worsen crisis as govt suspends free health care

Police officers respond to protesters during a demonstration against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term in Musaga, Bujumbura, on May 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO | CARL DE SOUZA

What you need to know:

  • Foreign sources account for 51 per cent of Burundi's total budget, said John Ging, emergency director of the UN's humanitarian agency.

  • Four out of five Burundians live below the poverty line, and 58 per cent of the country's 10 million people are chronically malnourished.

  • Belgium has already suspended its budgetary assistance to Burundi.

  • European Union is poised to slash aid outlays projected to total about $400 million over the next five years.



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