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For African Union Troops, No Burundi Peace to Keep

Four Burundian rebels raped a woman so violently at a health centre in the African country that the woman, eight months pregnant, aborted the foetus. As the infant emerged, a rebel hacked off one of its legs. The July 12, 2002 atrocity at Butwe village was reported by the Ligue Iteka human rights group, which commented there would be no end to Burundi’s civil war and the horrors it inflicts until its combatants sincerely worked for peace. That is the consensus on Burundi’s decade of massacre, rape and pillage: it grinds on because ethnic extremists want to retain the military option, despite some progress in peace efforts and the arrival of African Union (AU) peacekeepers. For many reasons topped by mistrust between the political leaders of the Hutu and Tutsi communities, a December truce between the Tutsi-dominated government and Hutu rebels has been largely disregarded and so there is no peace for the AU to keep. Full Story

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