This Burundian Life is an open blog dedicated to stories and opinions of Burundians and non-Burundians who have experienced life, “à la Burundaise”. Launched in June 2013, we strive to bring you inspiring, thought-provoking, humorous and entertaining content all in one place. We want you to see Burundi the way we see it: its unique beauty, flaws, aspirations… its journey. The content you’ll read, watch and listen to here is provided by contributors from all around the world, in English, French, Kirundi or igitowner (a hip blend of all three).
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Ikiremwa muntu kiratangaje. Nukuri, nukuri, kiratangaje cane. Kiravuka, kirindiriwe cane n’igishika cinshi. Kigakundwa, bakacitaho n’umunezero mwinshi. Kikarya kigahaga, kikarira kikaryama. Umwaka uti HWE! Ngico kiratanguye kuvuga, kikarushaho gukundwa yemwe....read more
My parents were born in Burundi. Matana for my dad and Gitega for my mother. They grew up in one of the refugee camps that housed displaced Rwandans. That is the life they knew growing up. They went to school and came home to squalid conditions, barely eating, always...read more
This is my love story with mathematics, and why I decided to end it. For a great part of my high school life, I was in love with mathematics. Being in scientific section, many people would assume that maths was the most stressing part of my academics. The truth is...read more
I'm a Burundian girl living abroad where I'm supposed to be studying, but that hasn’t been going well lately. I'm almost 30 and single. Not a great life as per Burundian standards, is it? Where did the time go? I always thought that by now I would be married, my third...read more
Abarundi turakunda urusaku! Women, men, children... all of us do! It’s become a communal thing. It’s our favourite activity! We love to be in each other’s business. We always want to know ubuzima bwa naka na naka, even when we’re not friends and have never met before....read more
En 1956, l’administrateur britannique Eric Lanning et Gervase Matthew, prêtre catholique et professeur à l’Université d’Oxford, font une découverte surprenante dans le sud-ouest ougandais, sur les rives du Lac Albert. En effectuant des travaux archéologiques, ils...read more
(Click here to read part 2) Things were all fire and flames between Mike and I, for about a month… and then I started noticing a new pattern... Our dates were becoming less like dates - where we got to sit together or do activities together, and have deep and...read more
(Click here to read Part 1) Okay, calm your horses, I still have some dignity left in me. I didn’t go to his place that night... although I loved that he texted me the idea. Why lie? We met at Church the next morning though. Mimi didn’t come - I don’t know why, but I...read more