Rwanda recruiting refugees to oust Burundi president - UN

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks after being sworn-in for a controversial third term in power at the Congress Palace in Kigobe district, Bujumbura, on August 20, 2015. Rwanda recruited and trained refugees from Burundi, among them children, whose ultimate goal was to remove President Pierre Nkurunziza from power, UN experts told the Security Council. AFP PHOTO | LANDRY NSHIMIYE

What you need to know:

  • Burundi has repeatedly accused Rwanda of backing rebels intent on overthrowing the government in Bujumbura, allegations Rwanda denies.
  • The US-based advocacy group Refugees International said last month that Burundian men and boys were being recruited from the Mahama camp and facing threats if they refused.
  • The refugees, who had crossed into the DR Congo, told the experts that they had been recruited in the Mahama refugee camp in eastern Rwanda in May and June 2015.
  • During a visit to Burundi last month, UN Security Council ambassadors met Nkurunziza, who again accused Rwanda of backing rebels.



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