WFP says food shipment denied entry into Burundi, returns to Rwanda

first_imgThe United Nation’s World Food Program says a convoy that was to deliver food stuff to Burundi has returned to Rwanda after it was denied entry into the country where about 112,000 people would have benefited.Peter Smerdon, a WFP official in East Africa, on Wednesday said that Burundian authorities had prevented the convoy from entering the country because of “security issues.”Smerdon said the food was regular shipment of WFP aid from Rwanda into Burundi.WFP reports that more than half of Burundi’s population is chronically malnourished due to the violence in the country.Burundi has been dogged by political violence since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza declared his bid for a controversial third term in office, one that he went on to win in the July poll.Rwanda and Burundi have seen a rise in tensions, with Burundi’s government claiming that rebel forces have been trained and armed in Rwanda, with a mission of toppling it. Rwanda however denies the allegations.last_img

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