International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Burundi

Domitille, the elected local leader of her community in Burundi
Photo: Rachel Unkovic/IRC

Recovering from years of civil war, Burundians had been hopeful for peace after two democratic elections. Now, as violence grips Burundi in the wake of a contested presidential reelection bid, more than 112,000 people have fled to neighboring countries. The International Rescue Committee is providing emergency assistance to the refugees and supporting Burundians as they work toward a more stable future for their country amid the unrest.

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How We Help

  • The IRC provides life skills and job training for young people to help them succeed.
  • The IRC reunites separated children with their families and helps them transition back to school and family life.
  • We encourage women’s economic and social empowerment and improve services for survivors of sexual violence.
  • As the main partner of the United Nations refugee agency, the IRC manages transportation, the storage of food and other aid in Burundi’s refugee camps.
  • We work to safeguard the human rights and well-being of returned refugees and to increase access to justice in communities.
November 23, 2015 | Blog
Reports of escalating political instability inside Burundi are prompting fears of a new exodus of refugees into neighboring countries. Refugee camps in western Tanzania are already stretched near the breaking point, the IRC and five other humanitarian aid agenices warn.