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Burundi : biography of a small African country

Author: Nigel Watt
Publisher: London : Hurst & Company, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Revised and updated editionView all editions and formats
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"Little known in the English-speaking world, Burundi is Rwanda's twin, a small Central African country with a complex history of ethnic tension between its Hutu and Tutsi populations that has itself experienced traumatic events, including mass killings of over 200,000 people. The country remained in a state of simmering civil war until 2004, after which Julius Nyerere and Nelson Mandela took turns as mediators in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Watt
ISBN: 9781849045094 1849045097
OCLC Number: 920523609
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: xiii, 279 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: A quick tour of the country --
Transport, language, culture, religion --
Part 1. History and painful memories: Kings, Germans, Belgians, Hutus, Tutsis, Twa ; Micombero and the tragedy of 1972 ; Dictatorship and the first seeds of democracy 1977-93 ; The crisis begins (1993) ; 'Creeping coup' to Buyoya ii, 1993-99 ; The peace talks at Arusha, 1998-2001 ; Buyoya, Ndayizeye and the elections of 2005 ; Rebels and extremists ; Integrating the army: disarmament and demobilization ; Tales of 'ethnicity' ; The Twa: organising the most marginalised --
Part 2. Making peace: Peace comes to Kibimba ; Action by Christians: peace education and trauma healing ; Peacemaking on the ground ; The media ; Governance, human rights and justice ; Poverty and development: the economy as the key to peace? ; International organisations --
Part 3. The present and the future: Nkurunziza's first term, 2005-10 ; The 2010 elections and after: a one party state? ; Burundi in 2014: the calm before the storm ; The storm ; The future: peace or war, dictatorship or democracy?
Other Titles: Burundi :
Responsibility: Nigel Watt.

Abstract:

"Little known in the English-speaking world, Burundi is Rwanda's twin, a small Central African country with a complex history of ethnic tension between its Hutu and Tutsi populations that has itself experienced traumatic events, including mass killings of over 200,000 people. The country remained in a state of simmering civil war until 2004, after which Julius Nyerere and Nelson Mandela took turns as mediators in a lengthy, and eventually successful, peace process which has endowed Burundi with new institutions, including a new constitution that led to the election of Pierre Nkurunziza as president in 2005. After some years of modest progress Burundi's peace was shattered again when the president decided to stand for a third term in 2015. The tensions today are more political than ethnic but the country faces many other problems, above all the entrenched poverty which has seen Burundi designated as one of the most deprived countries on earth. Nigel Watt's book discusses the troubled political fortunes of this beautiful yet disturbed country which is now part of the East African Community. He traces the origins of its political crises, sheds light on Burundi's recent history by means of interviews with leading participants and those whose lives have been affected by horrific events, helps demystify the country's 'ethnic' divisions and follows the fortunes of the Nkurunziza regime"--Inside jacket.
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