As the world media and hundreds of relief efforts from around the globe have been focused on the tragic earthquake that has taken thousands of lives in Nepal, another tragedy has been developing with little to no spotlight or media attention. According to the United Nations Relief Agency, more than 50,000 citizens of Burundi have been forced to flee from dangerous violence near their homes. Now, these 50,000 innocent people are running and desperately working to survive as refugees. According to the Red Cross, multiple civilians have died from violence in the country.
Conflict arose around political activity in the country. Now, sadly, great progress and a period of ten years of peace has come to a crashing end. Despite warnings from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, much of the violence and problems in the country continue. Thankfully for the poor innocent people who have been forced into homelessness, some neighboring countries have been setting up refugee camps for the children and families.
With the help and generosity of our many compassionate CHRF donors, we have been able to respond to this crisis by sending support to our partners who are currently on the ground at a refugee camp this week in Rwanda. The team is working hard to provide the child victims and their families with drinking water, some food and shelter. But the need is still great. Next week the team will travel to Tanzania where the needs of the children are even greater.
If there is anything you can do for these people, CHRF and our partners would be eternally grateful for your support (Please Mark the Box Burundi Refugee Help at https://chrf.fasttransact.net/.
As always, please keep these children and their families who are suffering through a nightmare in your prayers.