African Union to send 5000 peacekeepers to tackle Burundi crisis

Addis Ababa: The African Union says it is preparing to send 5000 peacekeepers to Burundi to protect civilians caught up in a growing crisis, for the first time using powers to deploy troops to a member country against its will.

Burundi dismissed Friday’s announcement, saying no foreign force would get in without permission. But its neighbours have grown increasingly alarmed about the violence in the central African state, which the United Nations says is on the brink of civil war. Continue reading