Pray for Parliamentary Elections in Burundi
Written by Plant With Purpose on June 26, 2015 in News & Events
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for Monday, June 29. The election process in Burundi takes place in stages with this Monday being the first vote. These upcoming elections have created uncertainty, which has launched the country into unrest and violence.
Noé Nizigama, Plant With Purpose’s country director in Burundi asks for prayer sharing, “There is currently a lot of tension and people are in a panic.” The number of people fleeing Burundi has sharply increased in recent days. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports:
So far, nearly 127,000 Burundians have registered as refugees. However, many more are believed to have fled the country, but not registered. Latest official figures show 62,000 in neighboring Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, 8,855 in Uganda, 10,590 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and even 400 in faraway Zambia.
Most of the violence has been centralized in the capital city of Bujumbura. Plant With Purpose staff remains safe but shootings have taken place in close proximity to some of their homes. A handful of staff members have left the country. Other staff are considering leaving the capital.
Rutana, a province in the southern part of Burundi, remains peaceful. Plant With Purpose’s work in this region continues. Current conditions are ideal for planting trees as it has been raining off and on for the last week.
Join us in praying for fortitude and hope during this time of uncertainty especially as the first round of elections takes place on Monday.