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Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Goats for Widows

Yesterday I traveled up country to the town of Rurengera to observe the delivery of 11 goats to some widows who lost their husbands to violence. Rurengera is about 2 hours outside of Bujumbura towards the center of Burundi, beyond the city of Muramvya.
On the way, we stopped at Kibimba to give a lift to [...]

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Monday, May 26th, 2008

Ceasefire Signed

The FNL rebels and the government today jointly announced that they had reached an agreement on a ceasefire.
This is obviously good news, but given that a ceasefire was also signed in 2006 and was never implemented, there is reason to be cautious in one’s optimism. As was the case earlier, the trouble lies in [...]

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Kamenge Clinic – A first look

Today I traveled to the health clinic run by the Friends Women’s Association that I will be working with to raise funds. The clinic is run by women, and is located in Kamenge, a poor district a few kilometers outside Bujumbura.
The clinic started in 2003 in a house in another location, while the current building [...]

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Hutu and Tutsi in a Lonely Planet

Not much news here – the FNL delegation to Bujumbura (see May 9 post) has been delayed until Friday because no earlier flight was available. Instead I want to begin to discuss the topic of how Hutu-Tutsi relations came to be what they are today.
According to the Lonely Planet East Africa:
The tall, warriorlike [...]

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Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Arrival in Bujumbura

So after a few long plane rides I successfully made it to Bujumbura!
No flight troubles, no baggage trouble, no visa troubles, and Adrien (who I will be working with) was there to greet me at the airport. So I found myself quite relieved to be here, and very relaxed. Things have a definite calm feeling [...]

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Friday, May 9th, 2008

Burundi Bound

So tonight I fly out of London on Ethiopian Airlines first to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, then stop briefly in Kigali, Rwanda before arriving in Bujumbura, Burundi tomorrow at 1 p.m. Bujumbura, where I’ll be living, is the capital of Burundi and has about 800,000 residents.
Many people have asked if I am apprehensive about leaving for [...]

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