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Published on April 26, 2011 No Comment
Displaced women in Bujumbura risk HIV rather than hunger

Desperate and displaced, some Burundian women will do anything, including have unprotected sex for money, to escape the dreadful living conditions in the Bujumbura suburb of Sabe, where more than 480 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have lived for several years.


Published on September 1, 2010 No Comment
Veering off the path of peaceful power-sharing

The political climate is growing increasingly antagonistic in Burundi, where many of today’s political parties were yesterday’s rebel groups.


Published on July 10, 2010 No Comment

When Allan Paton penned his novel, “Cry the Beloved Country,” it was hailed for clearly mirroring the racial divide against a downtrodden populace.


Published on June 11, 2010 No Comment
Burundi’s election wobbles

Allegations of massive fraud during May’s local elections in Burundi have cast a shadow over the country’s democratic transition, prompting international calls for compromise rather than confrontation.


Published on March 30, 2010 No Comment
“Peace” villages come with a price

When the first “peace village” was set up in Burundi in 2003, it was meant to foster healing and reconciliation among the country’s three ethnic groups – Hutu, Tutsi and Twa – at the end of a prolonged civil war


Published on February 23, 2010 No Comment
“How can I tell my children there is nothing to eat for a day or two?”

Jacqueline Kabagirwa, 35, lives in the northern Burundi commune of Busoni but because of failed harvests following a drought, she commutes to neighbouring Rwanda, where a day’s work in the fields earns her just enough to feed her family.


Published on February 3, 2010 No Comment
Francine Nijimbere, “I’m like a baby… I am helpless”

When her husband cut off her arms in 2008 for giving birth only to girls, life changed drastically for Francine Nijimbere.



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