More than six months after the announcement of Nkurunziza seeking a controversial third term, Burundi and the capital Bujumbura are still experiencing a state of unrest. In recent weeks, there has been an increase of violence within the subcentral neighborhoods, and the unstable situation is deteriorating quickly. Gunfires and grenades can be heard almost every night, and in the morning, dead bodies are often discovered in the streets. At least 250 people have been killed since April 2015, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Locals feel that the ruling party (CNDD-FFD) seems determined to eclipse the opposition with the support of the Intelligence service (SNR) and its youth league Imbonerakure. Arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, and speeches of hate from political leaders, generates a fear of mass violence, and the threat for the country to return to civil war.
This photo essay about Burundi Post Elections Crisis has been published for the first time on Al Jazeera website.