This Burundian Life

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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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Chronicles of a Burundian savage: Intro.

Based on a true story. Strong language included. 18+ My name is Pablo. I’m a creep on social media; the guy that always leaves thirsty comments on your girl’s posts on Instagram, and DMs her on Snapchat... Yeah that’s me. Pablo is not my real name of course. But wait,...

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Real friends, à la Burundaise.

Photo copyright: Nelson Niyakire It’s a Thursday night, it’s almost 2AM. I have work in the morning and yet I’m sipping on my Sauvignon Blanc, conversing with Tricia and Nadine (aliases, for the sake of anonymity). The three of us, all originating from different...

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My Rwandan prince charming

His mind was so mind blowing I wanted to study him. We were so different. He’s this religious guy and I barely go to church (literally). He doesn’t drink and I’m Burundian (need I say more?). We had completely different opinions about almost everything: topics such as...

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Dear Ashley (Part 3)

Part 3: the End. (Click here to read Part 1) (Click here to read Part 2) Hello Ash! This one will be quite short. I am very grateful to God; this really was such wonderful therapy. I should have done it earlier. See, it wasn’t just about letting my hurt and anger out...

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Rukundo…

Uva he? Impinga n'imihingo nagenze, Ntaho nakubonye. Usa gute? Abeza bose, Bamwe twumva ngo bitwa Maziyateke, Ntawe nabonye musa. Rukundo, Ko ivy'ubu vyose umuntu avyiga, Hari n'abiga kwigisha, Mbere n'abiga kwiga. Ariko, Nabuze aho bigisha ivyawe. Rukundo, Nganira...

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On moving on

I’m the type of person who would elope. Well, I would (probably) never marry anyone my parents, close family and friends do not know about (and approve, to some extent), but I could certainly says the vows, receive the blessing, and sign the papers in a tiny ceremony...

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Dear Ashley (Part 2)

Part 2: From Heartbreak to Heartbreak (Click here to read Part 1) Hello Ash! Now that I’ve already introduced you to everyone, I guess I can talk to you straight up. It took me a while to have the courage to start this letter, and I honestly still don’t know where I...

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