IWACU English News

IWACU English News

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 […] (...)

Alert – “Finding Jean” operation / Mubarazi River 4:05 p.m.: the second body still bandaged up around the head

A second body was not easily removed from the Mubarazi River. Journalists have found that the body was loaded with a bag of rocks. Another macabre surprise : Before the execution, murderers had put a bandage around the head of the victim (Additional Information will follow) (...)

Alert – “Finding Jean” Operation / Mubarazi 2:50 p.m.: a headless corpse has been found!


A team of civil protection officers alongside Iwacu journalists on the banks of the Mubarazi river. There, the reporters of the newspaper, in search of their missing colleague, Jean Bigirimana, discovered a body thrown into the river last Sunday. Another corpse was found later on.

The extraction of the body started an hour ago. To their […] (...)

This body calls for our attention

Nothing shows that the body discovered by Iwacu was that of journalist Jean Bigirimana. We will soon be well-informed. But whoever he is, he deserves to be buried. After three consecutive days of investigations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Iwacu journalists finally found a body in the area where our colleague who might have been […] (...)