This Burundian Life

See Burundi through our eyes.

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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 stories all in one place. We want you to see Burundi the way we see it: its unique beauty, flaws, aspirations… its journey. The stories you’ll read here are written by contributors from all around the world, and are in English, French, Kirundi or igitowner (a hip blend of all three).

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Relationships, explained

Dear future kids, I grew up in a Burundian home where the subject of relationships and many other topics were nonexistent. As a result, I might have trouble explaining different things to you, but this is me trying my best in case I take after my parents. I will use...

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Real Friendship, tout simplement

Dear Natacha, I read your story and felt like I should give a try answering a few of your questions, or enlightening you on some of your confusions. Before I start, please understand that I’m only speaking from my own experiences. It is also a few minutes past 2AM. If...

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Mere Irony

Today a clown burned the city / And the people ran for their lives In flames. Smoke. Black-Red ashes. / A city in ruins, is it still a city? In a dark night silence echoes: / A people in fear, is it still a people? Triumphant the clown laughed / And the people mourned...

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Réflexion sur les prénoms catholiques

Je m’appelle Mélanie. Je suis née dans les années 1980. Je suis Africaine, je suis Burundaise. Je n’ai pas connu la colonisation et je n’ai pas eu d’enseignants Européens à l’école. J’ai évolué dans un milieu majoritairement Burundais. Tout au long de mon parcours,...

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Quand vas-tu te marier?

Tu viens de terminer ton premier cycle universitaire, la question t’a été posée. Pas encore ? Attends un peu, elle n'est pas loin, elle vient. Sous différents formes peut être, du genre: « nta bishasha? » « Uri mubiki? Uratunyoteje! » Ils n'attendront pas que tu aies...

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Et l’ethnie alors?

Extrait du blog: Trois visages, une histoire Ils sont unanimes. L’histoire du Burundi leur échappe. Ils se contentent donc de retenir ce que le vent veut bien leur apporter. Un peu du vrai, un peu du subjectif, beaucoup de non-dits. Ils, ce sont deux jeunes burundais...

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Ushaka kuba umugabo?

I am 100% Burundian, shaped like a typical Burundian girl: slim above the waist but thick af below... So back in 2012, I was a student at a local University (I live in Alberta, Canada). Everything was good until I met this Burundian guy through a mutual friend. We...

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Origin and meaning of the name Burundi

They are two sister countries and their cultural and historical affinities are so profound. In fact, they are like identical twins, and no foreigner will ever be able to dissect their people. It is of no surprise to anyone that these countries are culturally and...

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The Alain Show

The Alain Show is a politics and current affairs podcast by Alain, one of our content editors. Listen to the latest episode here above!