CELEBRATION OF THE 242nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR ANNE CASPER

CELEBRATION OF THE 242nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR ANNE CASPER (As Prepared for Delivery)   4 JULY 2018   On behalf of all my U.S. Embassy colleagues, thank you for honoring us with your presence this evening.  It is wonderful to be here with all of ...
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Major Event Alert – U.S. Embassy Bujumbura – Burundi

June 28, 2018 Location: Bujumbura Marie: Boulevard du 28 Novembre and downtown Event:  The Government of Burundi is planning celebratory events in Bujumbura on July 2, which will likely be declared a national holiday.  The exact details of the celebration activities have yet to be announced, but the Embassy expects a large parade to take ...
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Major Event Alert – U.S. Embassy Bujumbura – Burundi

May 16, 2018 Location: Throughout Burundi. Event: Burundi will hold a referendum on May 17, 2018, to consider constitutional amendments proposed by the Government of Burundi. Widespread violence and/or unrest is not currently anticipated during the referendum period, but gatherings in support of and against the referendum and its results may occur. Actions to Take: ...
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Imirwi itandukanye y’abarundi ishigikirwa mw’iterambere na Reta zunze Ubumwe za Amerika biciye ku mashirahamwe

The United States Embassy in Bujumbura is partnering  with ASSEJEBA (Association Espoir des Jeunes Batwa) to help 800 members  of Batwa community to receive identification kits so that they can enjoy all rights of citizenships. During her trip to Kayanza, January 29-30,  Ambassador Casper visited Batwa community and also met with participants in Counterpart International ...
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Information Message for U.S. Citizens: Police Training with Possible Explosive Detonations

The U.S. Embassy has received information of probable Burundi National Police training this Sunday, December 17, which may include controlled explosive detonations as part of the exercise. The training explosions are expected to occur between 0800-1300 hours and will take place in Ngagara Q10 at the National Police Headquarters. The public should expect to hear ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gatherings Near U.S. Embassy In Progress

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Gatherings Near U.S. Embassy In Progress   November 25, 2017   The U.S. Embassy has received information that a peaceful gathering is taking place approximately two blocks southeast of the Embassy in the empty fields on Avenue des États-Unis. People appear to be coming from all ...
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Peaceful Demonstration Planned for Tomorrow November 18, 2017

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Peaceful Demonstration Planned for Tomorrow November 18, 2017      November 17, 2017   The U.S. Embassy has learned that peaceful marches are being planned for this Saturday, November 18, in Bujumbura and other communes throughout Burundi.  Most events will be held in the morning hours and ...
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Peaceful Demonstration Underway in Bujumbura

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Peaceful Demonstration Underway in Bujumbura            November 11, 2017   The U.S. Embassy has received information that a peaceful demonstration is underway in Bujumbura. These gatherings are moving along Chaussee Peuple Murundi toward Centre-Ville. The demonstration may cause traffic disruptions and road closures in Centre-Ville, lasting ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Peaceful March Underway in Bujumbura

Peaceful March Underway in Bujumbura October 28, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received information that a peaceful march is taking place this morning, Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Bujumbura. Participants are gathering at Point ONU and will likely move towards Place de l’Independence. The march may cause traffic disruptions and/or road closures in Centre-Ville lasting ...
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Ibimenyeshejwe bishasha bijanye n’ ihiganwa rya Visa y’umwaka 2019 muri Leta z’Unze ubumwe z’America (DV2019)

ITANGAZO Kuwa 25 Gitugutu 2017   Ibimenyeshejwe bishasha bijanye n’ ihiganwa rya Visa y’umwaka 2019 muri Leta z’Unze ubumwe z’America (DV2019) ( PDF 249KB)   Igihe co kwiyandikisha mw’ihiganwa rya Visa DV-2019 yo muri Leta z’Unze Ubumwe z’America cari catanguye kuva itariki 3 Gitugutu carugawe kumvo z’ingorane z’ubuhinga ariko ubu zikaba zaratorewe umuti. Abari bariyandikishije hagati yitariki 3 ...
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Mise à jour importante relative au Programme de Visa de Diversité 2019 (DV-2019)

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE Le 25 Octobre 2017     Mise à jour importante relative au Programme de Visa de Diversité 2019 (DV-2019) ( Le document  PDF 338KB)   La période d’inscription au Programme DV-2019 qui avait débutée le 3 octobre a été fermée en raison d’un problème technique qui est maintenant résolu. Toutes  les inscriptions faites entre le 3 et le ...
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Important update for those interested in the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV-2019)

PRESS RELEASE October 25, 2017   Important update for those interested in the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV-2019) ( PDF 334 KB)   The Diversity Visa Lottery Program 2019 (DV-2019) entry period that began on October 3 was closed due to a technical issue that has now been resolved. As a result of ...
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Notice Regarding Social Security Services

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Information Message for U.S. Citizens: Notice Regarding Social Security Services   October 23, 2017   The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals ...
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United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Peaceful Protests Tomorrow, September 30, 2017

The Embassy has received information that protests are being planned for tomorrow, September 30, 2017, in Bujumbura and throughout Burundi.  In Bujumbura, participants will likely assemble and move towards Centre-Ville, with possible stops at U.N. facilities in town.  The event is expected to cause traffic disruptions and/or road closures lasting until mid-day. This event is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Armed Clashes in Uvira (DRC) – September 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that armed clashes are occurring near Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  There are no reports of fighting in Burundi, but the Embassy has received multiple reports that explosions and gunfire occurring in the DRC have been heard in Bujumbura. Faint gunfire or explosions ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Gathering and Possible March

The U.S. Embassy has received information that there will be a large peaceful gathering on Saturday, September 16, 2017, in Bujumbura.  Coming from all directions, the participants will gather at the sports fields located at the intersection of Avenue du Large and Avenue de 13 Octobre (near Circle Nautique/Hippo Hole).  The gathering may turn into ...
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Solicitation: Supplies

The American Embassy in Bujumbura – Burundi would like to purchase the items in the below list to be delivered to the USDA or to Bujumbura – Burundi Embassy (Bujumbura airport) per your choice. Please provide your best quote shipping cost included to USDA or to Bujumbura.   USDA Address: Ikun, LLC – Bujumbura 2801 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Peaceful Protests Against UN

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Peaceful Protests Against UN September 2, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received information that protests against the United Nations are being planned for this morning, Saturday, September 2, 2017, throughout Bujumbura. Participants will likely assemble and move towards Centre-Ville, with possible stops at UN ...
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Solicitation: Office Supplies

The American Embassy in Bujumbura – Burundi would like to purchase toner cartridges in the below list to be shipped to the USDA. Please provide your best quote shipping cost included to USDA address: Ikun, LLC – Bujumbura 2801 Route 130 Unit 1 North Brunswick, NJ 08902 20 TONER CARTRIDGE HP553 BLK360A 15 TONER CARTRIDGE ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Imbonerakure “Demonstration of Force” Rally Planned

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Imbonerakure “Demonstration of Force” Rally Planned July 21, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received information that the Imbonerakure, the youth league of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, is planning a “demonstration of force” rally for this Saturday, July 22. Participants will likely assemble in or move ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Grenade Attack in Bwiza on July 16, 2017

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Grenade Attack in Bwiza July 16, 2017   Burundian police have confirmed a grenade attack took place this evening in the Centre-ville Bujumbura neighborhood of Bwiza. The incident has concluded and police have the situation under control, although injuries were reported. The U.S. Embassy recommends ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Grenade Attack in Bwiza

July 11, 2017 Burundian police have confirmed a grenade attack took place this evening at approximately 9:00 p.m. in the Centre-ville Bujumbura neighborhood of Bwiza. The incident has concluded and police have the situation under control, although three injuries were reported. The Embassy recommends avoiding the area for the evening. Review your personal security plans, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Peaceful Demonstrations Throughout Burundi

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi May 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received information that peaceful demonstrations are being planned throughout Burundi tomorrow, Saturday, May 13, to commemorate the second anniversary of the failed coup d’etat in May of 2015. In Bujumbura, the events may cause intermittent traffic disruption and/or road closures during the morning ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Pro-Government Gathering

The U.S. Embassy would like to notify U.S. citizens of a peaceful pro-government gathering being planned for Saturday, May 6, 2017, from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., near the Terrain Tempete.  Roads such as Avenue d’Octobre, Avenue du Large, and Avenue du Cercle Nautique may be closed during those times. Even events intended to be peaceful ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Marches Planned for April 28 and 29, 2017

The U.S. Embassy would like to notify U.S. citizens of multiple locally planned peaceful marches starting today and continuing through this weekend.  In addition, it is possible that unplanned events will occur spontaneously throughout Bujumbura and other cities in Burundi. On Friday, April 28, from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., a large group is planning ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing March

The Embassy has received information that a large gathering is taking place at Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium. The group will likely travel towards Centre-Ville, stopping at multiple locations. Expect temporary and/or rolling road closures in Centre-Ville until approximately 12:00. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest March

The U.S. Embassy has received information that a large protest is walking along Avenue 28 Novembre.  This group will likely pass through the neighborhoods of Rohero and Kiriri where mission staff is housed.  Expect temporary and/or rolling road closures in Bujumbura until approximately 12:00 noon. Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Marches Against the United Nations

The U.S. Embassy has received information that demonstrations against the United Nations are being planned for Saturday, March 4, 2017. It is anticipated that major points in and around Place de l’Independence and centre-ville in Bujumbura will be affected. Expect temporary road closures throughout the city and especially on major thoroughfares from 8:00 am until ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Celebration and Road Closure

The U.S. Embassy has received information that Avenue Belvedere will be closed today, Monday, February 6, from approximately 9 a.m. until 12:00 noon due to peaceful Unity Day ceremonies being held at the Monument de l’Unite Nationale (at the top of Kiriri). Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Measures

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura encourages U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance on and around the Burundi public holidays of Christmas Day (December 25) and Independence Day (January 1). Incidents of crime and violence typically spike in Burundi during the holiday season. You should expect an increased security presence throughout the country during the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Guide to Handling Vehicle and Home Searches

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Burundi that at this time of year, Burundi security forces routinely increase the number of vehicle and home searches they conduct. The U.S. Embassy makes the following recommendations for handling these events safely and calmly. Checkpoints: Slow down when approaching checkpoints. Turn on your interior vehicle light at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Burundi Threat Update

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura continues to advise all U.S. citizens living in Burundi of heightened security concerns regarding regional terror groups that remain actively interested in attacking U.S. and other Western and local interests in Burundi. U.S. Embassy Bujumbura has received specific information leading to concern about potential activity in early December, including, but not limited ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Terrorist Threats in Burundi

This Emergency Message is to alert all U.S. citizens living in Burundi of heightened security concerns that regional terror groups remain actively interested in attacking U.S. and other Western and local interests in Burundi. U.S. Embassy Bujumbura has received specific information leading to concern about potential activity in early December, including, but not limited to, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Against U.N. Commission of Inquiry

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura has received information that a potentially large protest tomorrow, 26 November, against the United Nations Commission of Inquiry announced this past Wednesday is expected in both Bujumbura and throughout Burundi. In Bujumbura, marches are tentatively scheduled to start at 7:00 a.m. at Place de l’Indépendence, and proceed to various locations around the city. Roads may be ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Traffic Restrictions

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura is informing U.S. citizens of potential periodic traffic congestion and closure of Boulevard Mwambusta (westward from Avenue des Etats-Unis) due to special events in the area through the evening of Friday, November 18, 2016.  U.S. citizens are advised to consider alternate routes while traveling today and tomorrow. Even events intended to be ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Traffic Restrictions

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura is informing U.S. citizens that Boulevard Mwambutsa is currently heavily congested and traffic is restricted because of special events in the area (westward from Avenue des Etats-Unis up to Chausee du Peuple Murundi at the traffic circle).  U.S. citizens are advised to consider an alternate route while travelling this evening ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protest/March (October 8, 2016)

October 8, 2016 The U.S. Embassy has received information that a crowd has gathered this morning in Place d’Independence and is marching through the center of Bujumbura. We estimate the size of the demonstration to be approximately 1000 people. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Police Activity on Avenue des Etats-Unis (October 3, 2016)

October 3, 2016 Due to police activity on Avenue des Etats-Unis this morning, please avoid using this route to travel to the Embassy. The Embassy can still be accessed via Avenue de Cinquantenaire. Please review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests in Bujumbura (October 1, 2016)

October 1, 2016 The U.S. Embassy has received information that a crowd has gathered this morning in front of the OHCHR headquarters in Rohero. This is anticipated to be a peaceful event. Portions of Boulevard de l’Uprona may be blocked off. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests (September 23, 2016)

September 23, 2016 The U.S. Embassy has received information that protests against the United Nations report of the U.N. Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB) are expected in major cities across Burunditomorrow morning, Saturday, September 24, 2016. In Bujumbura, plans are not set for a start point, but it is expected that any protest will proceed to the ...
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U.S. Agency for International Development Announces Completion of Successful Projects to Ensure Supplies of Essential Medicines (September 22, 2016)

September 22, 2016 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the successful completion of two five-year projects aimed at enhancing the supply of essential medicines for malaria and HIV/AIDS in Burundi. During the Project Closeout event which took place in Bujumbura, USAID Country Representative Victoria Gellis praised the efforts of all partners in strengthening ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Celebration/March (September 17, 2016)

September 17, 2016 The U.S. Embassy has received information that a crowd is gathering this morning at Gare du Nord to celebrate the anniversary of the elections. From there the crowd may march to the Place de l’Independance. This is anticipated to be a peaceful event that should be over by mid- to late-afternoon. Even ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Burundi Travel Warning Reminder (August 9, 2016)

August 9, 2016 The U.S. Embassy continues to warn U.S. citizens of political violence persisting throughout Burundi in the aftermath of the country’s contested elections. Travel in Burundi presents significant risks, especially after nightfall. U.S. Embassy personnel travel in Burundi is limited and monitored. The U.S. Embassy advises citizens to review the Travel Warning issued ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration (August 6, 2016)

August 6, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura informs U.S. citizens that demonstration activity has been announced for this morning, August 6, at 10:00 a.m., in Centre-Ville and around the French Embassy (Boulevard l’UPRONA) in regards to the UN resolution. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest/March Saturday, July 30, 2016 (July 29, 2016)

July 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura informs U.S. citizens that a protest march has been planned for tomorrow, July 30, 2016, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Place d’Independance and moving to the French Embassy (Boulevard l’UPRONA). U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution in Centre-Ville. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into ...
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Visit of U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes of Africa Thomas Perriello to Bujumbura, Burundi

June 23, 2016 U.S. Special Envoy Thomas Perriello visited Bujumbura, Burundi from June 22-23, 2016 for discussions with the Burundian government, civil society organizations, and representatives from UN and diplomatic missions about the ongoing political and security crisis in the country. The United States continues to strongly support the EAC-sponsored regional dialogue between Burundians, facilitated ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest/March (May 14, 2016)

May 14, 2016 The U.S. Embassy has received information about a possible protest/march planned for Saturday, May 14. Embassy personnel have been asked to exercise caution in the neighborhood of Kigobe, near the intersection of Boulevard 28 Novembre and Avenue des Etats-Unis. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. ...
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Grant Agreements Signing Ceremony, August 18, 2016 (August 22, 2016)

August 22, 2016 African Development Foundation On August 18 2016, Ambassador Robert Whitehead, Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Burundi, signed grant agreements with five Burundian associations for an amount totaling 44,561 US dollars in partnership with the United States African Development Foundation (ADF) based in Washington D.C. The goal of these annual ...
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Special Envoy Perriello Travel to France, Belgium, Switzerland, DRC, Burundi, and Tanzania (April 12, 2016)

April 12, 2016 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello is in the midst of an extended trip that started on April 4, 2016 in Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, and includes stops in Geneva, Switzerland; Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Burundi Travel Warning (March 11, 2016)

Friday, March 11, 2016 The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Burundi. The Department of State has terminated Ordered Departure status for Embassy Bujumbura, thereby allowing non-emergency personnel and adult dependents employed at the Embassy to return to Burundi. Minors and non-employed adult dependents of Embassy personnel have ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Mandatory Registration of Foreigners in Burundi – Additional Details (March 3, 2016)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi is aware of a new policy requiring all foreign residents in Burundi to register their presence in the country at the main office of the Police de l’Air, des Frontières et des Étrangers (PAFE) in Bujumbura. This mandatory registration requirement applies to persons who are not ...
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Withdrawal of funding for a grant previously awarded to the Burundian NGO Fontaine Isoko (March 3, 2016)

March 3, 2016 The Embassy of the United States of America regretfully announces the withdrawal of funding for a grant previously awarded to the Burundian NGO Fontaine Isoko. The funding opportunity, made available by the Full Participation Fund, was intended to be used for a project seeking the prevention of gender-based violence. Unfortunately, the Ministry ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Mandatory Registration of Foreigners in Burundi (February 29, 2016)

Monday, February 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi is aware of an announced government census of all foreigners living or staying in Burundi. Starting on March 1, 2016, persons who are not citizens of Burundi will have until April 30, 2016 to register their presence in the country at the main office of the ...
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Open Letter to the Editor of www.Burundi-24.com (February 25, 2016)

February 25, 2016 Editorial The Embassy of the United States of America in Bujumbura read with interest the article entitled Cibitoke: Une image qui a enterré les dernières illusion des Sindamuja that was published by www.Burundi-24.com on February 21. The Embassy condemns the polemical tone of the article, as well its offensive mischaracterization of statements and ...
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United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region – Thomas Perriello (February 20, 2016)

February 20, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Burundi Dawn Liberi and the U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Thomas Perriello met with President Nkurunziza, other senior government officials, and representatives of civil society to continue discussions on inclusive political dialogue, open democratic space, and security in Burundi on February 19 – 21. The Government ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests (February 13, 2016)

February 13, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi has received information of pro-government protests in downtown Bujumbura (about two miles from the Embassy) occurring today, Saturday, February 13, 2016. Considering recent violence in Bujumbura, we recommend U.S. citizens avoid large gatherings of people, maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests (December 26, 2015)

Saturday, December 26, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi has received information that possible protests are planned for today, Saturday, December 26, 2015. Considering recent violence in Bujumbura, we recommend U.S. citizens avoid large gatherings of people, maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. U.S. citizens remaining ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Crime (December 24, 2015)

Thursday, December 24, 2015 U.S. Embassy Bujumbura would like to inform U.S. citizens that historically there has been an increase in criminal activity, especially robbery and theft, during the holiday season. U.S. citizens in Burundi should remain cautious during this period and consider the following security practices: If you are the victim of a robbery, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Security Measures (December 31, 2015)

Thursday, December 31, 2015 As a precautionary measure for New Year’s Eve celebrations, U.S. Embassy personnel in Burundi have been directed to limit non-essential movement in Bujumbura and avoid areas where regular police checkpoints are located after dark for the evening of December 31, 2015. Private U.S. citizens are advised to take similar precautions. U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update (December 17, 2015)

Thursday, December 17, 2015 Heightened Security Situation Due to a heightened security situation, over the next two days personnel at U.S. Embassy Bujumbura will be subject to a 6:30 p.m. curfew after which they will be ordered to restrict all movement. U.S. Citizens in Burundi are similarly encouraged to stay home and to avoid travel ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Update (December 12, 2015)

Saturday, December 12, 2015 Given the risk of continued violence in Bujumbura, U.S. Embassy personnel in Burundi have been directed to limit non-essential movement in Bujumbura and are subject to a 9:00 pm curfew until further notice. Private U.S. citizens are advised to take similar precautions. U.S. citizens who are planning to travel to Burundi ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – Burundi (December 13, 2015)

December 13, 2015 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Burundi and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Burundi depart as soon as it is feasible to do so. As a result of continuing violence, the Department of State ordered the departure of dependents of U.S. government personnel and non-emergency ...
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Travel Warning – Burundi

December 13, 2015 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Burundi and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Burundi depart as soon as it is feasible to do so. As a result of continuing violence, the Department of State ordered the departure of dependents of U.S. government personnel and non-emergency ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Shelter in Place (December 11, 2015)

Friday, December 11, 2015 Due to ongoing reports of sustained gunfire and explosions in several parts of Bujumbura, the U.S. Embassy is ordering its personnel to shelter in place until further notice. Private U.S. citizens are advised to take similar precautions. U.S. citizens who are planning to travel to Burundi or are currently staying in ...
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Press Statement from Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Thomas Perriello (November 10, 2015)

November 10, 2015 I came to Bujumbura to express grave concerns the United States has over the deteriorating political crisis here in Burundi but also to express our hope that his great country can rediscover a path to peace and shared prosperity.   On this trip I have met with government officials, religious leaders, diplomats and ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 4, 2015)

November 4, 2015 In commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura would like to congratulate the journalists in Burundi for the important role they play informing the populace, and commend those who courageously do their work at the risk of retaliation and harassment. The reporting ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Security Situation (November 29, 2015)

Sunday, November 29, 2015 U.S. Embassy Bujumbura has become aware that Burundian National Police searched at least two residences of U.S. citizens associated with NGOs on Saturday, November 28, 2015.  Because of this, Embassy Bujumbura reissues the following information on cooperating with police in a residential search. The Embassy recommends U.S. citizens cooperate with Burundian ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Weekend Protests (November 20, 2015)

Friday, November 20, 2015 | United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi The U.S. Embassy in Burundi has received information that the youth wing of the ruling party is possibly planning protests for the upcoming weekend around unknown locations.  Considering the ongoing violence in Bujumbura, which includes recent daytime grenade attacks in Kamenge, Musaga, and Bunyenzi, we ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Security Situation (November 6, 2015)

Friday, November 6, 2015 U.S. Embassy Bujumbura advises U.S. citizens of the potential for violence over the weekend and in the following days. This violence could be a result of an ultimatum announced in a speech by President Nkurunziza this week for individuals in Burundi to turn in any arms they currently have. The Embassy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE-Heightened Security Situation (Friday, November 6, 2015)

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi | Friday, November 6, 2015 U.S. Embassy Bujumbura advises U.S. citizens of the potential for violence over the weekend and in the following days. Please note that U.S. government personnel have been asked to defer all non-emergency travel to Burundi during this time period. This violence could be a result ...
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White House Notification on AGOA Program Change to Exclude Burundi (October 30, 2015)

To the Congress of the United States: In accordance with section 506A(a)(3)(B) of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, as amended (AGOA) (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(3)(B)), I am providing notification of my intent to terminate the designation of the Republic of Burundi (Burundi) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under AGOA. Read More
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Condolences on the Death of Christophe Nkezabahizi and Alice Niyonzima

October 15, 2015 The Embassy of the United States in Bujumbura condemns and expresses its shock over the cold-blooded killing of RTNB cameraman Christophe Nkezabahizi and his family on October 13. The United States is deeply saddened by the killing Christophe’s wife, Alice Niyonzima, an employee of a USAID-funded project, who perished in the same ...
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United States Did Not Interfere with Burundian Officials’ Travel (October 7, 2015)

October 7, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura would like to address reports circulating about some Burundian officials being denied onward travel to the United States, due to interference or action by the U.S. government.  The U.S. Embassy has not received visa applications from the individuals noted in these reports. All visa applications are reviewed ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Presidential Reelection Celebrations (Sept. 11, 2015)

Friday, September 11, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi has received information that celebrations will be held throughout the country to recognize the reelection of the President tomorrow, Saturday, September 12. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens exercise caution, avoid any celebratory festivities or large crowds, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal ...
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Advancing the Prospect for Peace in Burundi (September 2, 2015)

Press Statement – John Kirby – Department Spokesperson – Washington, DC – September 2, 2015 Fifteen years ago, the spirit of the Arusha Agreement transformed the landscape of Burundi by enshrining the conviction that the government must represent and serve all Burundians. Today Burundi faces a renewed challenge: to end violence and achieve lasting stability ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Funeral of Adolphe Nishimirimana (August 21, 2015)

Friday, August 21, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi has received information that the funeral for Adolphe Nishimirimana will be held tomorrow morning, Saturday August 22, in the Regina Mundi Cathedral in Bujumbura, followed by burial in Kamenge. A heavy security presence with road closures is expected, particularly in the areas of Boulevard 28 November ...
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U.S. Condemns Assassination of Jean Bikomagu and Calls for Renewed Dialogue (August 18, 2015)

August 18, 2015 The United States condemns the murder of retired Colonel Jean Bikomagu in Bujumbura Saturday and continues to urge calm and restraint in the aftermath of this most recent attack. We call for an independent, credible investigation into this and other recent attacks and underscore our commitment to helping seek accountability for individuals ...
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International Envoys Call for Restraint and Urge Resumption of Dialogue in Burundi (August 12, 2015)

Nairobi, 12 August 2015 The ongoing political impasse and instability in Burundi call for restraint, leadership, and vision from all concerned citizens of Burundi to prevent further violence. We condemn the recent attacks and commend those calling for calm. Following months of unrest and the controversial electoral process, the Burundian government can begin to restore ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation (August 2, 2015)

Sunday, August 2, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi is closely following ongoing political developments in the country. As a security precaution, the Embassy has advised its mission personnel to minimize movement in the capital of Bujumbura. U.S. citizens in Bujumbura are advised to do the same until further notice. The Embassy also alerts U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Post-Election Security Situation (July 28, 2015)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Burundi constantly reviews its security posture and makes changes based on current situations. At this time, the Embassy has removed its curfew for mission personnel and is not restricting movement within Bujumbura during daylight hours. However there is still a risk for violence and U.S. citizens who ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closure on Election Day, Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (July 20, 2015)

Monday, July 20, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura will be closed July 21, during the presidential election.  The U.S. Embassy has restricted travel for its personnel during this time as a security precaution.  U.S. citizens should likewise exercise caution and limit travel during this period. U.S. citizens requiring emergency embassy services may call the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Security Situation (July 10, 2015)

Friday, July 10, 2015 In light of the potential for violence related to the ongoing Burundian national election cycle, the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura has instituted a 10:00 p.m. curfew for its personnel. We recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution, maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. U.S. ...
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US Condolences to the Government of Burundi

July 2, 2015 The Embassy of the United States expresses its profoundest condolences to the Government of Burundi for the numerous Burundian soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were killed and wounded during the al-Shabaab attack on Forward Operating Base Leego on June 26. Our thoughts and prayers are with ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder Travel Alert/Warning Still in Effect (June 26, 2015)

June 26, 2015 In light of the potential for violence related to the Burundian national election cycle commencing June 29, the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura reminds U.S. citizens that the Burundi Travel Alert  issued May 8 and the Burundi Travel Warning  issued May 14 remain in effect. Below is text from the Travel Warning: The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. ...
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U.S. Places Electoral Assistance to Burundi on Hold (June 26, 2015)

June 26, 2015 In light of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued efforts to violate the Arusha Agreement, seek a third term and press ahead with electoral dates absent the conditions necessary for credible elections, the United States is placing on hold technical assistance to Burundi’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), as well as voter education ...
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The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (June 2, 2015)

June 2, 2015 The United States Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H.Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a ...
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U.S. Continues to Oppose Third Term Due to Violation of Arusha Agreement (June 2, 2015)

Statement by John Kirby – Spokesperson – U.S. Department of State The U.S. government reiterates its position that the Government of Burundi should adhere to the tenets of the Arusha Agreement, to include the provisions on term limits. The Arusha Agreement, which was carefully negotiated and accepted by most parties and sectors of Burundian society, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests in Bujumbura (May 27, 2015)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura wishes to remind U.S. citizens that political demonstrations and protests – along with the potential for gunfire and other violence – may continue throughout the upcoming weeks in Bujumbura and other locations in Burundi. On 14 May, the Department of State issued a Travel Warning to ...
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U.S. continues Burundian troop support (May 23, 2015)

May 23, 2015 The United States continues to support Burundian troops currently in Mogadishu under AMISOM. Due to security concerns inside Burundi, the United States has temporarily halted peacekeeping training activities, such as the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program. Pursuant to Leahy Law requirements, training and assistance was suspended to some individual ...
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Emergency Message: Evacuation Plans

The U.S. Department of State wishes to inform U.S. citizens interested in departing Burundi that we are planning charter evacuation flights for Sunday, May 17, from Bujumbura, Burundi, to Kigali, Rwanda. Those wanting to travel should plan to arrive at Bujumbura International Airport no later than 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning. After that time we cannot ...
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U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Emergency Message Evacuation Plans (May 16, 2015)

May 16, 2015 The U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning on 14 May to announce the ordered departure of U.S. government family members and non-emergency staff, and recommends U.S. citizens currently in Burundi depart as soon as it is feasible because of the deteriorating security situation. U.S. citizens interested in departing Burundi are invited to ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Increasing Violence in Bujumbura (May 14, 2015)

May 14, 2015 | United States Embassy Bujumbura In response to increasing violence in multiple locations across Bujumbura, there will be no movement of Embassy personnel until further notice. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens exercise extreme caution at all times. If you are in a safe location, the Embassy recommends you remain where ...
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United States Calls for Calm and Restraint in Burundi (May 13, 2015)

May 13, 2015 Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States is deeply concerned by today’s developments in Burundi. We call on all parties to immediately end the violence, to exercise restraint, and above all to prioritize peace in Burundi. We support East African Community leaders’ call today for peaceful, ...
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Emergency Message: Military Activity in Bujumbura (May 13, 2015)

May 13, 2015 U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura has received reports of increased military and security forces activity in Bujumbura. There is the potential for increased violence. The embassy is attempting to gather additional information and will share it as it becomes available. The embassy has instructed its employees to stay ...
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Security Message: Border and Airport Closures, and Flight Cancellations (May 13, 2015)

May 13, 2015 The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that Burundi has closed its land borders until further notice.  The International Airport is currently closed.  Brussels Airlines cancelled tonight’s flight from Bujumbura to Brussels, and its flight coming in from Brussels has been rerouted to Nairobi.  Kenya Airways and RwandAir have cancelled their flights until ...
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Political Dialogue Between the International Community [U.S./European Union/Swizerland] and the Government (May 12, 2015)

May 12, 2015 The United States congratulates the government of Burundi for today’s discussions which we are happy to join with the EU and the Swiss. Nevertheless we remain greatly concerned by the current crisis in the country. We are disappointed by the continuing violent suppression of demonstrations against the candidacy of President Pierre Nkurunziza ...
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Senator Coons Criticizes Decision by President of Burundi to Seek New Term, Urges Him to Respect Protestors’ Rights (May 11, 2015)

May 11, 2015 Washington – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, issued the following statement following mass demonstrations by Burundians in recent days regarding the decision by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to pursue a third term in the country’s June 26 presidential election, in apparent ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting May 11, 2015 – Rescheduled To Begin at 14:00 (May 10, 2015)

May 10, 2015 | U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi U.S. citizens, their spouses, and children over the age of 16, are invited to a Town Hall Meeting for the U.S. citizen community in Burundi, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The meeting, originally scheduled to begin at 13:00 p.m., will now commence at 14:00 p.m. We will ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Threat Against Western Interests (May 5, 2015)

May 5, 2015 The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing in and visiting Burundi of information of possible terrorist threats to locations, including hotels, where Westerners, including U.S. citizens, congregate in Bujumbura, Burundi. The U.S. Embassy takes this opportunity to remind all U.S. citizens to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Protests in Bujumbura (May 4, 2015)

Political demonstrations and protests in Bujumbura and other locations in Burundi are expected to continue through the week. Protesters may march toward and demonstrate in the Bujumbura city center as well as other neighborhoods. In the event that you hear gunfire nearby, find a safe place in an interior room and remain low to the ...
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U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State Speak with University Students at U.S. Embassy

May 1, 2015 On the evening of April 30, U.S. Ambassador Dawn Liberi and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski visited the over 600 university students seeking shelter and security beneath the walls of the American Embassy in Bujumbura. They listened to the students recount the hardship they face following ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Gunfire in Gatoke and Continued Protests in Bujumbura (April 29, 2015)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens of reports of gunfire in the area of Gatoke, and ongoing protests in Musaga and Nyakabiga.  In the event that you hear gunfire nearby, find a safe place in an interior room and remain low to the ground. Do not go ...
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U.S. Embassy Greatly Concerned About the Events Occurred in Bujumbura on April 26 (April 27, 2015)

April 27, 2015 The United States is greatly concerned about the events that took place in Bujumbura on April 26, 2015. Violent suppression of dissent and intimidation of citizens who have a right to protest peacefully is unacceptable in a nation that wishes to strengthen its democratic transition from a post conflict society. Burundians have ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Continued Protests in Bujumbura (April 27, 2015)

Monday, April 27, 2015 The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing in and visiting Burundi that major political protests are expected today, Monday, April 27. The protests are expected to take place in various areas of Bujumbura, including the city center, and may also occur in the interior of the country. The protests are intended ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Protests in Bujumbura on Sunday April 26, 2015 (April 26, 2015)

April 26, 2015 The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing in and visiting Burundi that a major political protest is expected today, Sunday, April 26.  The protest is planned to begin at Gare du Nord in Kamenge and move to Cathedral Regina Mundi. The protest is intended to oppose the third term candidacy of President ...
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U.S. Deeply Regrets Burundi’s Disregard for the Arusha Agreement (April 25, 2015)

Press Statement – Marie Harf Acting Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson – Washington, DC – April 25, 2015 The United States deeply regrets the decision by Burundi’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), to disregard the term-limit provisions of the Arusha Agreement by naming ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Protests in Burundi over the Weekend of April 25-26, 2015 (April 23, 2015)

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing in and visiting Burundi that a major political party meeting is expected during the weekend of April 25-26, 2015. Political demonstrations and protests may occur in Bujumbura and other locations in Burundi during this time. U.S. citizens should ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Bujumbura on Friday, April 17, 2015 (April 17, 2015)

Opposition parties and dissenting members of the ruling CNDD-FDD party have announced that they intend to stage a protest in Bujumbura against the proposed 3rd term candidacy of President Nkurunziza on April 17, 2015. The protest is scheduled to take place at Place De L’Independence, Centre Ville and may continue on to other areas of ...
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Protests in Bujumbura on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (April 14, 2015)

April 14, 2015 United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Security Message for U.S. Citizens Opposition parties and dissenting members of the ruling CNDD-FDD party have announced that they intend to stage a protest in Bujumbura against the proposed 3rd term candidacy of President Nkurunziza on April 15, 2015.  U.S. citizens should avoid these protests. Although recent ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bujumbura on April 11 and April 12, 2015 (April 10, 2015)

Friday, April 10, 2015 United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Political Rallies The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens residing in Bujumbura that political rallies are scheduled in Bujumbura during the weekend of Saturday, April 11 and Sunday April 12, 2015.  The rallies reportedly include a march from the CNDD-FDD political party’s headquarters near the “UN Circle” ...
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Change to Burundian Visa Application Process (April 1, 2015)

April 1, 2015 United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi Message for U.S. Citizens  The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens residing in Burundi that visitors to Burundi are no longer able to obtain a Burundian visa upon arrival at port of entry.  Visas must be obtained prior to travel from a Burundian diplomatic mission overseas.  Travelers arriving ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bujumbura on March 27, 2015 (March 26, 2015)

March 26, 2015 | United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens residing in Burundi that civil society organizations and labor unions in Bujumbura are calling for demonstrations to take place on March 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the national stadium to protest fuel prices and shortages, proposed telecom taxes, and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Demonstrations in Bujumbura (March 19, 2015)

March 19, 2015 The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing in Burundi that “peace” demonstrations have been planned in Bujumbura by the Burundian government on the last Saturday of each month throughout the election season, which is expected to end by August 24, 2015. These demonstrations are planned to begin at 10:00 a.m. in the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: General Strike in Bujumbura (March 4, 2015)

March 4, 2015 The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing in Burundi that there will be a general work strike to protest high fuel prices and a proposed telecoms tax, in Bujumbura on Thursday March 5, 2015.  Public transportation and other services may be unavailable. The general strike has been announced as a “stay at ...
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Access English micro scholarship program enhanced activities in Rumonge (January 12, 2015)

Program Description Access students and their teachers from Village Health works visited Rumonge commune, Bururi province, for enhancement activities and community work. Two YALI (Young African Leadership Initiative) alumni gave presentations on leadership, women in education, and the organization started by YALI applicants, the Young Burundian Leaders Network. Post Cultural Affairs Specialist Ramadhani Sintuka and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Police House Searches (November 21, 2014)

November 21, 2014 The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that the Burundian authorities have been searching people’s homes for weapons in certain areas of Bujumbura. These searches do not target U.S. citizens or other foreigners. The police have stated that these searches are in response to a recent uptick in crime in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoiding Demonstrations and General Safety Reminders (November 20, 2014)

November 20, 2014 | U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi In view of the ongoing al-Shabaab terrorism threat to attack East African countries and sporadic cases of political violence in Burundi, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. Citizens to maintain a heightened state of alert for suspicious activity and to avoid large crowds such as sporting events and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Increase in Crime in Certain Areas of Bujumbura (November 4, 2014)

November 4, 2014 Over the last few weeks there has been an increase in crime in certain neighborhoods of Bujumbura, particularly after dark.  The U.S. Embassy reiterates its advice to all U.S. citizens to exercise caution and maintain security awareness at all times by applying the following measures: In your home: Do not leave valuables ...
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Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6 (September 26, 2014)

September 26, 2014 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6. For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must ...
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Plaque Unveiled

21 May 2013 — Ambassador Dawn Liberi and Burundi’s Foreign Affairs Minister Laurant Kavkure share the honors unveiling the plaque to officially dedicate the new $133 million U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura.
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