African Union Steps into Crisis in Burundi

By Sarah Akbar

The African Union recently concluded a high level delegation to Burundi, consisting of five Heads of State from neighboring countries to assess the extent of the political crisis in the country. The delegation was spearheaded by South African President Jacob Zuma, who was a former mediator in the Burundi peace talks between the transition government and the rebels in 2000. Violence in Burundi has seen an increase, with ethnic based violence coming to the forefront and neighboring countries using the crisis as a grab for power. The delegation marks a reversal in AU policy and a positive intervention by a coalition of African leaders to mediate the crisis and push for peace.