Burundi


Looming Political Crisis Over The 2020 Burundi Election

Despite the persistent assurance of the government, and notably President Pierre Nkurunziza leader of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy, the Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD–FDD) inquiry on human rights in the Republic of Burundi has been sustained. The inquiry has been precipitated by Burundi’s withdrawal […]


Gender Inequities In The Global Coffee Supply Chain

Global coffee consumption is on the rise with trade statistics from the International Coffee Organization (ICO) indicating world coffee exports have grown from 9.13 million bags in 2016 to 10.9 million bags in 2019. In the recent decade, women’s role in the global coffee supply chain has gained traction as […]


Where Are They Going?

“The last thing I remember of Syria before we left, was when my mother was taking me from our place to our grandparents. The roads were full of dead people. {…} I left my kitten, my friend, my school. I miss my home a lot. I hope one day we’ll […]


African Political Trends: The Rise In ‘Constitutional Coups’

Comoros president Azali Assoumani is the latest African president to use a constitutional reform to cling to power with an iron fist. The Comoros National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on 31 July that an overwhelming majority of the country (92.74%) voted for government-backed constitutional reforms that will allow the president […]


Burundi Vote Allows Extended Presidential Term Limits

On May 17th, the people of Burundi voted to pass a referendum extending the length of presidential term limits. 73 percent of voters voted yes to allowing presidents to serve for two seven-year terms instead of five-year terms. Voter turnout was very high, at 96 percent. The referendum will allow […]


Burundi’s Constitutional Referendum Sets A Worrisome Precedent For Central Africa

Following a wave of violence that has been plaguing the nation of Burundi, this week the people voted to approve the referendum which would allow their current president Pierre Nkurunziza to continue in his position until 2034. The referendum extends the length of the presidential term from five years to […]


Burundian Opposition Rejects Referendum Results

On Saturday May 19, a Burundian opposition coalition, the Amizero y’Abarundi bloc, announced to The Associated Press that it would not accept the results of the nation’s recent referendum. Agathon Rwasa, the head of the bloc, labelled the vote a “parody” and “undemocratic.” It has been reported by Al Jazeera […]


Politically Charged Violence Overwhelms Burundi

Violence plagued the village of Ruhagarika in the rural province of Cibitoke, which serves as a border between Burundi and the DRC. Last Friday, 26 Burundian people were brutally killed, and at least seven were injured. The perpetrators, whose affiliation is unclear, burned and shot people, leaving 24 of the […]


Burundi Announced Referendum Looking To Extend Presidential Term Limits

The Burundi government under President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to extend presidential term limits from two 5-year terms to two 7-year terms. The proposed constitutional referendum would allow Nkurunziza to serve for 14 more years, despite the terms he has already completed. Violence erupted in the nation after […]


Four Mass Graves Discovered With Victims Of The Rwandan Genocide In Kigali

On Sunday April 22nd, Rwandans woke up to the news that four mass graves were discovered containing thousands of victims of the Rwandan genocide. This discovery of these graves forces the country’s 11.92 million citizens to once again address one of the most horrific events on African soil. The Rwandan […]