Stories of our lives

This Burundian Life

UMUCO

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....

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Maths Vs Life

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...

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Tubisige 2017!

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....

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Kitara, l’empire cwezi

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...

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Pregnancy diaries: first trimester nightmare!

#IWasntReady I swear this is far from what I thought I knew about pregnancy! I mean, I knew about morning sickness and a few other things, but what I'm living is way worse than what I expected! I'm shocked that nobody really talks about this! Not even my mother! She...

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Coup de gueule d’un responsable d’entreprise

La conversation ci-dessous s'est produite plus d’une fois, avec des personnes différentes. La première fois je ne m’y suis pas attardé, pensant que j’avais affaire avec un specimen rare de l'espèce humaine. Cependant, la même conversation s’est reproduite deux fois,...

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Le peuple de Karyenda

La région des grands-lacs a toujours été un carrefour d’échanges et un lieu de rencontres de peuplements anciens. Véritable zone de transit migratoire, cette région a accueilli plusieurs groupes issus de quatre grandes familles linguistiques: central soudanique,...

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Little Burundi

Ottawa, Gatineau, Gatineau Outaouais... I love the sound of Outaouais. In fact, for the purpose of this post, let's call the Ottawa/Gatineau area "Outaouais". Sasa rero, I've never seen as many Burundians in one place (outside Burundi) as I saw in Outaouais. Mind you,...

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Mama

She was a smart student, and not because all parents say they were. I actually stumbled upon some of her high school transcripts one day, and they were spotless. I was pleasantly surprised (not to say that I expected her to be dumb or anything). She could have become...

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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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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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