PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MESAGE TO BURUNDIANS
President mourns for Burundian democracy trampled
by Nkurunziza's regime
increasingly isolated and that wreaks havoc in protest
districts with over 230 people killed in
less than five months
is as if it was a wink to Burundian patriots
to tell them that no one will stop these killings if
they are not themselves.
But it is difficult to see the birth of a leader of social consensus, respected and loved by
all Burundian oppressed, large and small, in a country
once torn by an
ethnocentric ideology which we cannot say it
is completely eradicated.
In a video message to the Burundian people, US President asked to stop hate speech and to gather. He calls the
Bujumbura authorities and the opposition
to meet in the framework of a dialogue.
After months of crisis in Burundi, Barack
Obama has decided to apply directly to the people of Burundi.
Since the White House, he explains that "Burundi is a beautiful and proud
country. But in recent months, the future of this land you love has been
Mr. Obama had harsh words against "leaders (who) have poured hateful
rhetoric. Terrible acts of violence have claimed the lives of men, women and
innocent children. Given the painful history of Burundi, we know where this
kind of violence can lead. Today you have the chance to choose a different
The US president said contact Burundians "as a partner and friend."
Obama asks "the leaders of Burundi (...) to set aside the language of hate
and division. Respect your commitment to participate in a dialogue under international
mediation outside Burundi. After all, the real strength lies in the ability to
unite a country, not tear it.
The Burundian army is also affected by this
"For the soldiers of Burundi, you represent the possibility of Burundi to
overcome divisions and unite. You are the son and daughters of Burundi. You
helped to maintain peace across Africa. Now you can help keep the peace at
home, staying out of political conflicts and protecting the people of Burundi.
Finally, the US president a final message
to the people of Burundi, whom he asks to unite in the interest of the country.
"To all Burundians, remember what you
can accomplish when you stand together, how you came out of colonialism and
have built a nation. After the civil war and struggle, you have worked to
rebuild. You saw the possibility of a better and more peaceful future. Do not
let the political rivalry or the voices of hate you remove it. You are one
people, and now it is time to stand up against violence and begin the hard work
of unity. The future of your country, the future you want for your children is
in your hands. "
This resolution proposes to strengthen the
"presence" of the United Nations in Burundi, which could lead to the
deployment of peacekeepers to quell the violence.
Published by: Kagire