Rwanda and Burundi ties getting even more strained
Monday November 21 2016
Burundian refugees at Gashora transit camp in Rwanda. Despite the frosty diplomatic relations, many refugees from Burundi have found sanctuary in Rwanda. FILE PHOTO | DANIEL S NTWARI
Kigali maintains it is keen on staying “far away from the situation in Burundi” while government officials in Bujumbura maintain that Rwanda is meddling in the affairs of the country.
Rwanda was drawn into the conflict after Burundian officials accused Kigali of recruiting rebels from the thousands of Burundian refugees in Rwanda to fight the government. Rwanda denied the accusations.
There are currently over 85,000 Burundian refugees in Rwanda. UN agencies say that at least 150 Burundian refugees arrive in Rwanda weekly.