This morning, the sad news reached us that Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, director of Cordaid partner organisation APRODH was shot in his car yesterday. He is currently in hospital in intensive care. Mbonimpa is one of the foremost human rights activists in Burundi and a strong voice in the protest against President Nkurunziza.
Returning from work last night, Mbonimpa was shot at by young men on motorcycles. The bullets hit his head and neck. Severely wounded, Mbonimpa was brought to hospital to be treated. His current condition is unknown. Several foreign diplomats have visited him in hospital, the BBC reports.
Recently, the number of violent attacks on and abductions of important politicians and activists has seen a dramatic increase. APRODH stands by the victims of persecution with legal aid.
According to Charles Gerhardt, country director for Cordaid in Burundi, Pierre Mbonimpa is a close cooperation partner who frequently acts as resource person and advisor to Cordaid.
We are shocked by the attack and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues.
See also French news site RFI (http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/2min/20150803-burundi-pierre-claver-mbonimpa-blesse-balle-une-attaque) for frequent updates on the situation in Burundi.