Bishop of Durham asks about food, health and political security in Burundi.

On 15th October 2018 the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Paul Butler, received a written answer to a question on Burundi:

The Lord Bishop of Durham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their latest assessments of (1) food, (2) health, and (3) political, security in Burundi.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon:

(1) We assess that there has been modest improvement in the food security situation but that it remains extremely fragile.

(2) Chronic malnutrition is of particular concern, as is the limited access to basic services such as health and education.

(3) The UN Commission of Inquiry on the Burundi Report of August 2018 found that serious human rights violations persist. The Commission was particularly concerned by the growing number of violations where the ruling party’s youth league, the Imbonerakure, had played a role. We are working with UN, EU and African Union partners to support an inclusive, negotiated solution to the political crisis.

Since 2015, the Department for International Development has provided significant humanitarian support both inside Burundi and to Burundian refugees in the region, supporting around 300,000 refugees in Rwanda and Tanzania since the crisis began. In 2017, the UK committed up to £12 million to support humanitarian needs in Burundi until 2020.


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