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Burundi Rebel Leaders Return from Years of Exile

The leaders of two of Burundi’s rebel factions have returned home from years of exile under a ceasefire deal aimed at ending the country’s 10-year civil war, witnesses said. Jean-Bosco Ndayikengurukiye, leader of a minority wing of the FDD rebel group flew into Bujumbura airport along with Alain Mugabarabona, leader of a faction of the FNL rebels, late on Thursday. “We feel very glad to come home again after some years of exile,” Ndayikengurukiye and Mugabarabona said in a joint declaration to reporters on arrival. “We have come to implement what we have signed on October 7, 2002 in Dar es Salaam, that is to respect the ceasefire agreement and give a chance to millions of Burundians to live in peace,” they said. Both rebel leaders signed a ceasefire with the government on October 7 in Tanzania as part of efforts to end the civil war between ethnic Hutu rebels and the Tutsi-led army that has killed an estimated 300,000 people. Full Story

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