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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»
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