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Weak UN presence and ongoing violence compound Burundi's internal refugee crisis. [Press release]. [La faible présence de l'ONU et la violence continue aggravent la crise des réfugiés internes burundais] [Communiqué de presse]
New York, New York, Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, 2001 Jan 17. 2 p.According to this press release from the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, a weak UN has failed an estimated half million internal refugees in Burundi. A report entitled "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" urges the UN to appoint a strong and competent leader to coordinate protection and assistance to the displaced people. Furthermore, the report urges all parties in Burundi's ongoing peace process to continue to negotiate for a cease-fire. It is noted that the fighting is hampering already limited efforts to provide humanitarian relief. Moreover, the report recommends that the UN should work with international nongovernmental organizations to strengthen relationships with their local counterparts. Lastly, reproductive health services are especially needed to help those women who have suffered the trauma of rape and sexual violence, and to educate Burundians about the dangers of HIV/AIDS.