‘They’re killing them’: Burundians flee in fear of president’s power play

Aline Niragira was five years old when Burundi’s first democratically elected Hutu president was assassinated by Tutsi extremists, sparking mass killings and a brutal civil war that would last 12 years.

During a raid on her home in Ruyigi province the girl was pelted with stones and her neck was slashed with a machete by attackers. Her father and three brothers were murdered but, miraculously, she survived.

Now 30 and with her own young family, Aline finds her life in turmoil once more due to the violence and instability that blights Burundi.

She fled to neighbouring Rwanda in December and now lives among an estimated 64,000 Burundians at the Mahama refugee camp in Kirehe province.

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