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Displaced from Burundi – again

TweetIn Burundi, people know only too well the consequences of war. And one of the most tangible consequences of war is displacement. But not only does war lead to displacement, failures to create a viable end to displacement can create … Continue reading

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Are international actors steering the right course in Burundi?

TweetThe African Union and UN appear to have found a new sense of urgency, but Burundi’s current crisis will only be resolved if it is seen as part of a longer legacy. Olivier* was studying at the University of Burundi … Continue reading

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“We have lost our hope in politicians”

TweetBurundians recently headed to the polls in a strongly contested election that was boycotted by most of the opposition in protest of the president’s decision to seek a third term. While there has been much discussion of the legitimacy of … Continue reading

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Burundi: another electoral façade?

TweetIn Burundi, the disconnect between the mechanisms of democracy and its application could not be more stark. The government seems to be taking the approach that as long as elections are formally held then its legitimacy to hold onto the … Continue reading

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A Jump into the Unknown: What do the elections mean for Burundi?

TweetThese are reflections from a Burundian activist. His name has been withheld for his own security. Burundians have just finished the elections of local council members and parliamentarians. These elections happened in a context of political crisis triggered by the … Continue reading

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Burundi on the brink: what happened to early warning?

TweetAs previously reported by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), Burundian President Nkurunziza’s decision in late April to run for a third term triggered protests and violence in Bujumbura and set the stage for an attempted coup (see Suicidal for … Continue reading

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The Burundi crisis and the risk of regionalisation

TweetThis blog first appeared on the blog site of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICR2P) Much hope was pinned to the summit of East African Community (EAC) heads of state on 31 May in Dar es Salaam to discuss the situation … Continue reading

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Burundi: no business as usual

TweetIf ever evidence was needed to show that the transition from conflict to sustainable peace is a long, hard road, recent events in Burundi have demonstrated it. The announcement on 23 April 2015 by President Nkurunziza that he would run … Continue reading

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“Suicidal for the nation”: an interview with a Burundian politician in hiding

Tweet(This blog first appeared on African Arguments: read original blog here.) Recent events in Burundi have brought the small nation to international attention, even if action remains wanting. The announcement on 23 April by President Nkurunziza that he would run for … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be told to go ‘back home’ when you don’t have a home to go to?

TweetRight now, a group of 30,000 Burundian refugees living in Tanzania’s Mtabila camp have no idea what the future holds for them. Or at least they do have an idea, and it is deeply concerning. They have been told that … Continue reading

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