Just like Boubacar Boris Diop’s celebrated novel “Murambi, the Book of Bones”, several other accounts of the genocide present encounters with atrocity as descent into hell.
The genocide commemoration ceremonies take place over 100 days, known as the Kwibuka period, beginning on April 7 each year
Among the targets of violent threats has been former president Domitien Ndayizeye after he spoke out against the ruling party’s youth wing’s call for female opposition supporters to be raped or even killed.
One of the many things that the 1994 genocide can teach us is how easily fear can be fostered, how effectively divisions can be constructed and manipulated, how quickly ties that we take for granted can unravel.
Compared to the libraries written on Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, or most anywhere else in East Africa, Burundi has suffered what should be a surprising level of neglect and ignorance.
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