IWACU English News

IWACU English News

When threatened, nature fights back: A case for wetlands

At a glance, wetlands – large expanses of swamps – seem like public nuisances, a waste of space; occupying prime land which could otherwise be turned into sprawling shopping malls, hotels or theme parks devoid of any green. Indeed, several wetlands in the Nile Basin have undergone degradation due to multiple contributing factors; settlements and […] (...)

Cool water, free of charge for any passer-by

At “Rutegama Downtown Jazz” hotel, on Avenue de l’Université (Bwiza side) is observed since the past few days, a queue of people, cups in hands, in front of a machine that gives water. Many of them are just bike-taxi users, children of the neighborhood; mechanics … Every passer-by is free to get a cup of […] (...)

2nd East African Community Child Rights Conference held in Nairobi

The 2nd EAC Child Rights Conference was held at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from 25-26 August. The conference, placed under the theme “Coordinated and Sustained Investment in Children,” saw thirty children from Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan come together to discuss children’s rights in the region and imagine how […] (...)

A monologue dialogue

August 24, 2016, Bishop Justin Nzoyisaba, president of the National Commission for Inter-Burundian dialogue, presented at a press conference, a brief summary of a semi-annual report of the dialogue underway in Burundi. Proposals were received differently by the actors in the Burundi conflict. As it can be read in that report, “the vast majority of […] (...)

The director and WFP representative in Burundi is no longer alive

Jacques Roy passed away on Wednesday, 31 August at 10 am; he is victim of cardiac arrest. He was attending a UNHCR meeting with other heads of United Nations Agencies when he was taken ill. He retreated to a side room and after the first aids on the spot, he was urgently evacuated to Kira […] (...)

Arusha Agreement

Sixteen years after the signing of the Arusha Agreement, opinions differ about the place of the text in the country’s political life. Frédéric Bamvuginyumvira: “The CNDI aims to bury Arusha” “The ruling party CNDD-FDD is trying to hide behind the people it cheated. The same people who are paralyzed by fear are used to amend […] (...)

A warm tribute to Jean Bigirimana

On the fourth day of the week dedicated to Jean, Iwacu organized a ceremony closing the mourning week that has begun since last Monday, August 22, marking a month after the disappearance of our colleague. Acquisition of identical T-shirts, the putting in place of a large photographic portrait, calls from other journalists inquiring about the […] (...)

Our dear Jean,

You will notice that we are here together, between work colleagues. We chose not to bring in your family or your relatives, because we thought these words may sound like a funeral oration. We went to see your family, your children are doing OK. Don Douglas was not there, he had gone to play football, […] (...)

Honoring the disappeared, preserving the living

From this 22 August, exactly one month after Jean has gone missing, Iwacu begins a grieving week. Since the beginning of its activities eight years ago, Iwacu has experienced difficult times; journalists have been intimidated and threatened. Two journalists were forced to flee the country. As far as I am concerned, I have been the […] (...)

Rumours cause army officers to desert, says the army spokesman

Four Burundian army officers have deserted after the completion of their studies in Ethiopia. Reportedly, they feared for their security. But Col. Gaspard Baratuza says the soldiers’ fear was caused by false information on social media. Those officers are said to have asked for a political asylum because they feared for their safety once they […] (...)