ACLED has released a new update of the recent unrest in Burundi, covering events from 26 April to 19 September 2015. This update can be found here. These real-time data draw primarily on crowd-sourced information available from 2015Burundi as well as from ACLED’s weekly real-time conflict data release.
While the violence had increased in the days following the official beginning of Nkurunziza’s third term – at the end of August – levels of violence have slightly decreased since then. However, the number of reported fatalities remains high, with an average of 12 conflict-related deaths being reported per week in September.
Massive arrests by police forces continue to occur – around 100 individuals in Gitega, including dozens of youths, were arrested for allegedly being involved with rebel forces – pointing to the government’s heightened fear. Organized violence by unidentified armed groups meanwhile continues to occur, mostly within the capital, Bujumbura.
For more on Burundi local data coverage and analysis, see ACLED’s prior posts on this topic.