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Americans Refuse To Leave Burundi

Thu., Sept. 5, 1996

Few U.S. citizens signed up Wednesday to leave the troubled central African nation of Burundi aboard an Air Force jet sent to evacuate them.

Only five of the more than 30 American non-diplomats living in Burundi had checked in for the flight.

The U.S. Air Force C-141 brought in supplies for the U.S. Embassy and will carry out more than 25 other foreigners who want to leave, a senior embassy official said. It was not known when the flight was scheduled to depart.

There have been no commercial flights out of Burundi since Aug. 13, although foreigners may walk across the border to Rwanda.

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