Monthly Archives: August 2013

Dispatch from Dubai…

At Dubai airport. It’s my first time in Asia, technically speaking. Women in floor-length black abayas float by with duty-free shopping bags. A set of Muslim prayer beads is offered free with the purchase of a prayer rug at the … Continue reading

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Just a bit dizzy…/Un peu étourdie

Today is Wednesday, August 21. This time last year, I was putting a section together for the newspaper in Bujumbura, with Pierre, Félicie, Bosco and Jean-Charles. This time last week, I was sitting in an editorial meeting at the radio … Continue reading

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Random Ethiopia Thoughts

1) Amharic is beautiful. The first thing that made me curious about Ethiopia was the Ethiopian Airlines logo– Amharic characters below the English, looking like little dancing wire figures. (I would put an image here but I can’t download any … Continue reading

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Welcome to Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, or at least what I’ve seen of it so far, reminds me of the suburbs of St. Petersburg. A sprawling expanse of city peeling, fading, softly falling apart, the occasional brightly coloured signs–often for English or computer classes– … Continue reading

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Yooooooo….

“Yoooooo…” (Rhymes with “glow,” not “yoo-hoo.”) That’s what Burundians say when they want to express sadness or empathy (low note), surprise (high note) or all three at the same time (high note–> low note). I’ve been hearing a lot of … Continue reading

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À coups de machette pour trouver l’enfant

Un reportage invraisemblable par ma collègue de promo, actuellement à Kinshasa, qui a passé la dernière semaine à Goma (Est de la RDC). Avertissement: Pas pour ceux qui trouvent le gout de la réalité trop amer.

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L’éducation n’a pas de limites

http://www.isanganiro.org/spip.php?article4898 (Veuillez cliquer le lien ci-haut pour lire mon reportage sur le défi de l’illetrisme au Burundi…et comment deux hommes le surmontent.)

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#EverydaySexism à la sauce burundaise

“I feel like meat here.” – Canadian female friend, anti-sexual assault campaigner, intern at local NGO I love this country, but a paradise for working women, it isn’t. Those who know me, know that gender discrimination is something I easily … Continue reading

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On The Road

I was about to write a reflective post about life on the road, moving again, the weird jello-y twinge in the centre of myself every time I talk to someone, in this time before departure when the days seem to … Continue reading

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Be cool, stay in school (or at least, help others stay in school)

Over the past couple of years, I’ve blogged a lot in this space over the problems surrounding primary and secondary education in Burundi. Education is only free and compulsory until Grade 6, and even before that, students and their families … Continue reading

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