Monthly Archives: June 2013

How (not) to write about Burundi: A guide for veteran East African journalists

Really, really excellent and heartwarming satire from Burundian poet Ketty Nivyabandi, showing some of the many reasons Burundians have to be proud of their country. And she was writing in her fourth language, no less. Chapeau! The blog “This Burundian … Continue reading

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Is it possible to do any real work in this country?

When you reach a place where you find out that you have white skin…this is a discovery, a sensation, a shock. I had lived for twenty-five years without knowing about that skin. A hundred children play in the courtyard of … Continue reading

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God is a Woman?

I don’t like mixing my personal life with this blog, but for continuity’s sake I feel obligated to mention that Pierre has left me. Apparently he was dating another woman for six months, all the while asking me to arrange … Continue reading

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Muzungu moment

From a fellow Carleton journalism grad currently doing a Rwanda Initiative internship in Kigali. A nice prelude to an upcoming entry…. Muzungu moment. via Muzungu moment.

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Long quiet mornings

I always get up early here. The sun streams through the windows and my eyelids have no choice but to relent. Sunday mornings in Europe, when I didn’t have any other plans, I would stay in bed until ten or … Continue reading

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Random Africa Thoughts

1) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights should be reworked to give everyone the right not just to Life in the sense of “the opposite of death” but Life, as opposed to just Existence. 2) African destinies: which of these … Continue reading

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Why I Liked my Editor-in-Chief Immediately

Why I liked my editor-in-chief immediately Back home from my first full day at the radio station. All of my new colleagues seem very friendly, especially Paul, my fellow intern, a Congolese guy who studies in France. They all have … Continue reading

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