IWACU English News

IWACU English News

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 […] (...)

In Search of Jean : Bodies buried without formal identification

The two bodies recovered last week from the Mubarazi River were buried this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 in Muramvya cemetery. According to the wife of our colleague Jean Bigirimana, the latter is not among them. “After identification, we buried them, because the bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition.” Said Dieudonné Nsabimana, the Muramvya […] (...)

“Finding Jean” Operation : Two bodies recovered from the Mubarazi River buried

The two bodies fished out from the Mubarazi when searching for Jean Bigirimana, the Iwacu journalist who has disappeared since 22 July were buried in the afternoon of Tuesday,16 August in Muramvya province. Human Rights defenders whom Iwacu contacted confirmed the information. According to the same sources, there had been attempts to bury the bodies […] (...)

“Finding Jean” Operation : Two corpses recovered from the Mubarazi River.

Thursday August 11, civil protection rescuers extracted two dead bodies found near Bihongo waterfall in Nyabisiga rural area. The area is situated in Bugarama zone where Jean Bigirimana disappeared. At 12, first aid workers of the civil protection police unit arrived at “Concasseur”, the meeting place where they were waited for by their colleagues from […] (...)

Operation ” Finding Jean ‘: How a second body was discovered in the Mubarazi River

Macabre surprise: On 9 August, in the evening, during a field visit by the members of the National Commission for the Human Rights- CNIDH, the Judicial Police, police unit in charge of Civil Protection and agents of the National Intelligence services- SNR to verify the information reported by Iwacu, another body was found in the […] (...)