The beautiful, landlocked, central African nation of Burundi has been through its fair share of trials and tribulations. The current, ongoing conflict is no different.
Since, the nation’s successful bid for independence in 1962, there have been varying levels of tension between the Tutsi minority and Hutu majority. Violence in neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo has often spilled over into Burundi. Serving to fan the flames of unrest.
The current conflict centers on President Nkurunziza seeking a third term after a controversial ruling from the nation’s Constitutional Courts. He subsequently won his third term. In the video below Michael Brooks of the Majority Report discusses terrorism & possible genocide in Burundi with Mark Leon Goldberg of UN Dispatch.
I lived in the country from Fall 2003 to Summer 2004 working in a support capacity with a multinational peacekeeping force. What I found was the most beautiful place on earth full of vibrant, kind people. The people of Burundi deserve peace & safety.