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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

IRIN’s Top Picks: Burundi, bombs and bogus claims

DUBAI, 5 June 2015 (IRIN) - This week our Top Picks cover the deadly civilian toll in Yemen, Burundi, the battle against self-declared Islamic State in Iraq, an alleged aid scandal in Haiti, and how to change the global aid infrastructure for the better: full report

Fleeing insecurity and cholera, Burundians pour into Uganda

KAMPALA, 4 June 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of Burundian refugees have made their way to Uganda, having fled insecurity at home and a cholera outbreak in Tanzania. Ugandan officials say they are struggling to cope with the influx. full report

Photo Feature: Burundi's Endless Exodus

KIGOMA, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Over 110,000 Burundians have fled their country amid protests and an attempted coup d’etat. Now a cholera outbreak has made the journey all the more dangerous. full report

Many fleeing Burundi have no wish to return

KIGOMA, Tanzania, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are warning a cholera outbreak is creating major health crisis among tens of thousands of people who have fled Burundi for neighbouring Tanzania. It's a journey many of the refugees have made before. Some have no desire to return home. full report

What now for Burundi? Five key risks

NAIROBI, 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Hours before an army general in Burundi announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, a group of experts were making predictions before a packed audience in Nairobi. They turned out right. Here's what else they're warning of. full report

Who is Burundi’s coup-maker?

BUJUMBURA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - Major-General Godefroid Niyombare has announced the ouster of President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi over his controversial bid to run for a third term in office. Here's a look at the man behind the apparent coup. full report

Bullets before the ballot – Bujumbura diary

BUJUMBURA, 6 May 2015 (IRIN) - At least a dozen people have been killed in recent days in Burundi amid protests against the president’s plans to run for a third term in office. The unrest has raised fears that the country, after a decade of peace, could slide back into conflict. Regular IRIN contributor Désiré Nimubona explains the challenges of reporting during such turmoil. full report

Who are the Imbonerakure and is Burundi unravelling?*

BUJUMBURA, 28 April 2015 (IRIN) - There are widespread reports that the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, known as the Imbonerakure, are waging a campaign of intimidation and violence to help President Pierre Nkurunziza win a third term in June elections. Here's a look at the origins of the group and the fast-evolving situation in a country still on edge after a brutal 12-year civil war: full report

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