Category: Burundi

Eyes on Burundi: a contested victory

Since the elections in Burundi on 20th May, we have been in touch with our local contacts to hear what they think this important event means for the country. Here, we share reactions to the run up and aftermath of the elections, and recommendations for the new leader.

Essential work in Burundi and DR Congo supported by UK Aid

We are delighted to have been awarded a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, made available by the Department for International Development in memory and respect to Jo Cox, who dedicated her career to standing up for justice. The award will help us to continue supporting our local peacebuilding partners operating in Burundi and in the Beni territory of eastern DR Congo; areas that receive little international attention or support, yet where local peacebuilding work is innovative, courageous and impactful.  

The Burundi Robotics Team: the real reason they went missing

The recent disappearance of six Burundian teenagers at a robotic challenge in the US opens up questions as to how effective US leadership and engagement could support Burundi (and neighbouring DR Congo) at a time when the situation demands active international diplomacy.

The life of a human rights defender in Burundi

Today is Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The day provides a chance to recall the aspiration to a universal human dignity set out in this document, to face up to contexts where this aspiration is being torn apart and, more than just to feel outrage, to take action.

From a militia group to peacebuilding: the radical shift of one young Burundian

As a child Benjamin lost his family in the Burundian civil war. He grew up with anger and hatred, and at 12 years old joined a rebellion as a child soldier. At the beginning of this year, Benjamin attended a local campaign promoting tolerance and reconciliation. He sat in a room with those he called enemies, something he never thought possible. Now Benjamin wants to work to make Burundi a peaceful country, with opportunities for young people to thrive.

Rebuilding trust among youth in Burundi

A crisis lasting more than one year in Burundi has seen violence and alarming human right violations across the country. Some estimate that over 800 people have been killed, and more than a quarter of a million have fled the country. In a conflict that has torn communities apart and destroyed social relations, building trust among young people is crucial for Burundi’s future.

What next for Burundi?

Burundi’s people have shown before their resilience and ability to recover after the most tragic periods of violence, and the country can still pull back from the current crisis. If it does, it will be down to the work of brave Burundians who find ways to continue to work for peace in the most difficult of circumstances.

Tackling violence and hate speech in Burundi

Since protests began one year ago, the situation in Burundi has steadily deteriorated. Kevin McCann reports on the work of our partner – a group of local activists who monitor election violence and tackle hate speech.

Burundi President sworn in for third term

In a surprise inauguration held this morning, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has announced that he will take office for a third term. This follows last month’s disputed elections, which were boycotted by the opposition and sparked widespread unrest. Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”, the presidency said in a statement. … Continued