The attempted coup failed after only 36 hours, and Nkurunziza is back in Bujumbura and in control of the country. There’s a lot of concern at the moment that the ensuing crackdown will be worse than anything that happened during the pre-coup protests. Coup leader Godefroid Niyombare is on the run in the expectation that he’ll be killed if caught, and there are reports that soldiers have entered hospitals in the capital and killed patients thought to be involved in the coup. A Storified sampling of some concerns I saw going around Twitter today:
Cara Jones has written a good summary of why tensions might continue to increase in the run-up to the May 26 election. She’s also put together an Indiegogo campaign to support citizen journalists, who are some of the only people said to be reporting on repression outside Bujumbura. If you want to track reports in real time, Peace Direct has an interactive map of reported insecurity and election irregularities. For more regional context, this piece by Daniel Kalinaki is a must-read.