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“The violations of greatest exponential growth in 2020 were abduction, by a staggering 90 per cent, and rape and other forms of sexual violence which rose by 70 per cent,” the office of Virginia Gamba, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict said.

Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Kitack Lim said the country had made important contributions to the fight against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain, foremost among them the recent launch of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project.

Three peacekeepers from Burundi were killed and two others wounded by armed attackers on the domestic security forces and the UN’s MINUSCA mission in Dekoa, Kemo prefecture, and Bakouma in Mbomou prefecture.