Daily Archives: May 20, 2020

Burundi Holds Presidential Election Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

More than five million eligible voters in the east African nation of Burundi are heading to the polls Wednesday to choose a successor to longtime President Pierre Nkurunziza. Nkurunziza is stepping down after 15 years in office, the last five

US Seeks Creative Solutions to Prepare African Nations Against Viral Threat

Field hospitals, ambulances, ventilators, masks and even personnel are among the hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of assistance the U.S. has recently diverted to African nations in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. VOA’s Anita Powell spoke exclusively with

Burundi Hopes to Usher In Democratic Transition After 15 Years of Nkurunziza’s Rule

Burundi is holding its first competitive presidential election since a 1993 civil war, with President Pierre Nkurunziza stepping down after 15 years in power. But political analysts and rights groups say few Burundians expect the vote, which has already been

Fear of COVID-19 Slows Trucking in East Africa

In East Africa, long-distance truckers are suspected of carrying the dreaded coronavirus along with their cargo. So for weeks, trucks have stalled at border crossings — with trucks sometimes stretching back hundreds deep at some points — as governments restrict