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Burundi: Refugee and Citizens Share Danger and Generosity in Burundi  2014-04-22
[UNHCR]Bujumbura, Burundi -The flood waters that swept through the capital of Burundi this year did not distinguish between citizens of Burundi and the thousands of urban refugees living among them. Neither did those who came to their rescue.
Uganda says Islamist rebel leader has fled eastern Congo  2014-04-22
By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - The leader of a Ugandan Islamist rebel group has fled his hideout in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a U.N.-backed offensive destroyed several camps belonging to his militia, Uganda's military said on Tuesday. Jamil Mukulu, head of the ADF-NALU group, had escaped to another country, a Ugandan army spokesman said, weeks after the Congolese army ...
Congo province poised to start certified 'conflict-free' tin exports  2014-04-19
By Peter Jones GOMA Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's tin producing North Kivu province may begin exports of certified 'conflict-free' minerals as soon as next week after the roll-out of a new barcode tagging scheme, the head of the regional division of mines said. North Kivu is at the heart of Congo's production of tin and coltan - used in electronic ...
Burundi creates reconciliation body that divides public opinion  2014-04-18
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi, locked in its worst political crisis since its civil war ended in 2005, has created a reconciliation commission that opposition parties say will shield the ruling party from accountability for past crimes. The ruling CNDD-FDD party voted late on Thursday to launch the commission and let President Pierre Nkurunziza pick its members, who are to ...
Burundi orders U.N. security adviser out after violence warning  2014-04-17
Burundi ordered a security adviser at the United Nations mission in the country to leave on Thursday, escalating a row that started with a warning by the U.N. last week of a possible outbreak of political violence. Government officials in the tiny central African state reacted angrily to the warning by the U.N. mission on Wednesday, saying it was baseless and had possibly been made to justify an ...
Burundi scoffs at UN warning on stoking of political violence  2014-04-16
Burundi accused the United Nations on Wednesday of spreading rumours about planned constitutional changes that critics say could upset the country's delicate ethnic power balance and possibly lead to civil war. Government ministers said that warnings last week by the U.N. mission in Burundi (BNUB) about possible violence were baseless and possibly spread to justify an extension of its mandate ...
Burundi scoffs at U.N. warning on stoking of political violence  2014-04-16
Burundi accused the United Nations on Wednesday of spreading rumors about planned constitutional changes that critics say could upset the country's delicate ethnic power balance and possibly lead to civil war. Government ministers said that warnings last week by the U.N. mission in Burundi (BNUB) about possible violence were baseless and possibly spread to justify an extension of its mandate ...
Rwanda arrests three for 'offences against state security'  2014-04-14
Police in Rwanda said Monday they had arrested three people on charges of threatening state security, among them a radio journalist and a famous peace activist musician. In a statement police said the three are accused of connections with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an opposition party in exile. They are also accused of "working for some time in collaboration with the FDLR", Rwandan Hutu ...
Musician, journalist arrested in Rwanda  2014-04-14
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Police in Rwanda said Monday they have arrested a journalist and a musician for alleged links to opposition groups.
Rwanda wasn't what I thought it would be  2014-04-13
When I first arrived in Rwanda's capital in 2012, I deliberately did not visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I did not want that experience to influence how I approached the country and its people.
Rwanda orphans school teaches unity post-genocide  2014-04-11
RWAMAGNA, Rwanda (AP) — Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi.
Burundi government denies arming supporters  2014-04-11
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's government on Friday fiercely denied accusations that it was arming young supporters of the ruling party, amid renewed concerns over political violence in a nation still healing from decades of conflict. Local media have been quoting from an alleged internal United Nations report that reportedly sounded the alarm over "allegations" that members of the ...
US urges Burundi to drop constitution changes, avoid "dark days"  2014-04-09
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The United States urged Burundi's president on Tuesday to drop planned constitutional changes that could upset a delicate ethnic power balance, warning that the country risked a return to the "dark days" of civil war. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met President Pierre Nkurunziza - who might be allowed to run for a third term ...
U.S. urges Burundi to drop constitution changes, avoid 'dark days'  2014-04-08
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The United States urged Burundi's president on Tuesday to drop planned constitutional changes that could upset a delicate ethnic power balance, warning that the country risked a return to the "dark days" of civil war. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met President Pierre Nkurunziza - who might be allowed to run for a third term ...
Rwanda 20 years later: A model for progress and reconciliation  2014-04-07
There are many ways to measure the progress that defines the past 20 years in Rwanda. And yet, often Rwanda does not always get good press and has been the subject of Western criticism over issues of governance. For those of us who work in Rwanda or who are engaged in serious academic research, this can be perplexing and frustrating. Because in spite of challenges still to meet, Rwanda has ...





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