Bujumbura

February 20, 2004

Lecturers at Burundi's National University are threatening to refuse to work until several months of salary arrears are paid. The government has appealed to donor countries for a $12 million (£6.3 million) loan to pay the arrears. But because an earlier $4 million loan from the same donors, in particular France and Belgium, was used instead to fight the inter-ethnic war, donors are insisting that a second round can be paid only against a firm promise that lecturers will receive all their arrears.

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