Monthly Archives: August 2012

How to raise sheep, part 3: Intellectual Genocide

Until recently, education wasn’t accessible in this country, not in any sense. School fees for grades 1-6 were abolished in 2005. In two years’ time, they’re supposed to abolish fees for grades 7-9. Although deeply disturbing from a humanitarian perspective, … Continue reading

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How to Raise Sheep, Part 2 of 3: A Country Without Books

Yesterday I went to the Librairie St-Paul, the only bookstore in Bujumbura, which makes it the only bookstore in Burundi, unless Ngozi, a university town in the north, has a bookstore I don’t know about. A lavender stucco monstrosity across … Continue reading

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How to raise sheep, Part 1 of 3 : The Opiate of the Masses

I am in a very cozy little café on a Sunday, early afternoon. Occasionally, amid the soft music and people’s intertwining conversations, a voice from a block away slips through the window, a preacher yelling himself hoarse: “JEEEEEEsussss….” I passed … Continue reading

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Newsroom Madness

Here I am, back in Burundi, working at a newspaper. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I really am sorry about that. You know how it is when you start a new job and for the first week or so, you … Continue reading

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Playing catch-up in Bujumbura

The time has come to write posterity a long letter, and revive my poor, neglected blog, as certain people keep giving other people links to it, and I feel guilty for not having any fresh content. After working an 11-hour … Continue reading

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