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Comment: What talks in Burundi should look like

BUJUMBURA, 17 November 2015 (IRIN) - Warnings of a looming genocide in Burundi dangerously misrepresent the nature of the crisis in my country, but the widespread calls for urgent mediated talks are nevertheless well founded. They are an essential step to halting a cycle of violence that has claimed some 240 lives since April. full report

Cracks widen within Burundi’s army

BUJUMBARA, 12 October 2015 (IRIN) - A central pillar of the peace accords that ended a civil war in Burundi a decade ago – integrating fomer Hutu rebels into the Tutsi-dominated army to create a more ethnically balanced force – is looking distinctly wobbly. full report

Burundi's descent into hell

BUJUMBURA, 5 October 2015 (IRIN) - It’s not unusual to find dead bodies in Bujumbura these days. We find them on the streets, in drainage channels, bushes and rivers. To help understand the depth of the crisis, it's worth looking back at some key recent events. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Burundi diary - inauguration day

BURUNDI, 20 August 2015 (IRIN) - In this latest installment of his Bujumbura Diary, IRIN correspondent Desire Nimubona reflects on the insecurity in his country on the day that President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a controversial third term in office. full report

Church v state: a worrying dynamic for Burundi

BUJUMBURA, 4 August 2015 (IRIN) - The growing schism between the Catholic Church and Burundi’s political leadership is a particularly worrisome aspect of the fallout from President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, which has already seen dozens killed in protests and 175,000 people, mostly women and children, flee the country since April. full report

Burundi diary: election day

BUJUMBURA, 21 July 2015 (IRIN) - Continuing a series of diary pieces, regular IRIN contributor Désiré Nimubona shares his thoughts amid a highly controversial presidential election. President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office has been widely condemned as unconstitutional. full report

Burundi crisis gets serious for regional leaders

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - Burundi’s political crisis is centred on a leader who is refusing to leave office after almost 10 years. The man sent in to mediate has been in power for almost 30. Apart from that irony, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s arrival in Bujumbura underlines just how high the stakes are for regional leaders. full report

As Burundi goes to the polls, journalism is a high-risk job

BUJUMBURA, 29 June 2015 (IRIN) - Parliamentary and local elections take place in Burundi today after two months of protests and in defiance of international calls for the polls to be postponed. Here our correspondent, Désiré Nimubona, reflects on the challenges of operating as an independent journalist in a country where all media voices except those operated by the state have been silenced. Amid threats and attacks, dozens of reporters have fled to neighbouring states. full report

Words are weapons as Burundi heads to the polls

BUJUMBURA, 25 June 2015 (IRIN) - In the weeks ahead of Monday’s highly contentious parliamentary elections in Burundi, a profusion of hate speech has been used as a key tool to whip up support in a campaign marred by harassment, intimidation and violence: full report

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