Saturday, November 5, 2011

Learning From Burundi

A UNDP tweet stated recently:
Countries like & have lowered rates of violence. We must learn from them & help others save lives-
Puzzling tweet in the context of recent reports by the International Crisis Group on Burundi. Such tweets don't mean much without some exegesis. What would Howard Wolpe have said about this?  Was Howard Wolpe  "great lakes policywise" still a good friend of the Clintons when he died? An article in the Belgium based blog  on the october 21th Burundians commemorated the 18th anniversary of the assassination of President Ndadaye in 1993. October 31th secret services of eleven countries in the great lakes region signed a protocol of non-agression in Burundi:
"Burundi,  Rwanda, Tanzanie, Ouganda, Kenya, DRC, Angola,  Central African Republic, Congo-Brazaville, Zambia and Sudan"
Apparently South-Sudan doesn't yet have a secret service, I guess. Burundi's secret service is also involved in the assassination of two students last mont.

Melyn McKay notes yesterday from Bujumbura a spike in violence in Burundi:
While escaping towards Tanzania, they kidnapped 25 civilians. Gov't claims only 30 attackers, eye-witnesses put # @ 80.
This is the 1st instance of a kidnapping in in several yrs & may mark an escalation in the use of force.
Other sources speak of increasing violence by the Burundian government against opponents, yesterday:
"Many teachers in the eastern Burundian provinces of Ruyigi and Cankuzo have fled their homes, fearing for their lives. Rumour has it that a plan, codenamed 'Safisha' and allegedly being carried out by the ruling CNDD-FDD party, aims to eliminate all opposition members. In the local dialect, 'safisha' means 'to cleanse'."
Nancy Welch, who participated in last years NDI discussion on the Rwandan "elections", wrote last week on Burundi and Rwanda:
"While Burundi’s current conflict is by no means ethnic, the FNL may find allies, or at least sympathy, in ethnically-polarized Rwanda, where political space continues to diminish and small acts of passive resistance are the only form of protest available to ordinary Rwandans in the face of an authoritarian government that is increasingly intolerant of dissent" 
Apparently Burundi now has high speed 3G internet, according to this impressive video.

leo 3G door partagezavecleo

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