Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bujumbura (Burundi), Planned Celebration and Road Closure

The U.S. Embassy has received information that Avenue Belvedere will be closed today, Monday, February 6, from approximately 9 a.m. until 12:00 noon due to peaceful Unity Day ceremonies being held at the Monument de l'Unite Nationale (at the top of Kiriri).

Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy is advising citizens to avoid areas where gatherings are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council