A million different ways of doing things – Gasekebuye, Bujumbura.

My mouth is dry, my feet hurt and I’ve got a pounding headache. It’s the morning after Aime and Yvette’s wedding. What an unreal and amazing experience! If you ever get the chance to go to a Burundian wedding – grab on to it and don’t let go!

Waking up this morning, a joke by Irish stand up comedian Ed Byrne (check him out if you’re not familiar with his work) popped into my head: ”The best thing about getting married is to wake up the morning after and be like: Woohoo!! I don’t have to plan a wedding today!”

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Kategorier: Afrika, Burundi

”I heard gunshots 10 km away the day before. I called for military backup. But they were too late” – Kigali, Rwanda

Burundi was absolutely mind blowing and eye opening for me. As a white boy from a middle class home in Sweden. The beautiful and kind people I met. Their culture. All the delicious food I had. Their obsession with beer. People may say they drink heaps of beer in Germany or UK, but let me tell you this; it’s nothing compared to Burundi. They lo-hove beer! It becomes somewhat more evident there, since it’s the single one alcoholic beverage which they consume. No gin & tonic. No Cosmopolitan. Beer, period.

A lot has happen since I last wrote. I’m for instance officially the proud owner of a cow! Never thought I’d own a cow in my entire life. Her name is Mokunzi. It means friend in Kirundi. I got her from Gilbert (the UN solider I mentioned in the last post). We paid her a visit last week and she’s gorgeous! Yet another reason for me to return to Burundi.

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Kategorier: Afrika, Burundi

Maybe they’re right. Maybe what I said doesn’t make any sense at all – Vugizo, Burundi

A week ago our convoy of 4×4’s (stuffed to the brim with all of us, plus bags and gifts from Sweden) left Bujumbura to stay in the Burundian countryside. Last night we returned back to our house in Bujumbura. As if merely one whole day of festivities (four different ceremonies) was enough for a Burundian wedding.. During our stay in the countryside we managed to squeeze in another two ceremonies! The first one was hosted by Yvette’s parents. They live in Bururi. About 4 hours by car from the capital. It was dark when we finally arrived, four hours late for the ceremony.

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Kategorier: Afrika, Burundi

Burundian speeches – Gasekebuye, Bujumbura

This is an attempt to summarize my last few days here in Burundi. There’s stuff going on all the time. Aime is doing his best to navigate me through the thorny tree which is his home country. In a blink of an eye I went from superiorly showing Aime around in the streets of Stockholm, to completely rely on him. I’m trying to pick up what is going on around me. Since both my french and kirundi (the local burundi language) is poor, to say the least, I need to rely on body language and selective english words. It’s a rather fascinating transformation to have experienced. Going from a streamlined swordfish to a beached whale.

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Kategorier: Afrika, Burundi, Okategoriserade

There’s a first time for everything – Gasekebuye, Bujumbura

As always when I’m doing something, things seem to fall into place in the last minute (if they fall into place at all), my trip to Burundi wasn’t an exception. I sent my passport to the Burundian embassy in Oslo in order to receive my visa. However, they claimed I didn’t pay enough money. A few angry and explanatory emails later the passport finally arrived – 5 minutes before I was about to embark on my journey!

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Kategorier: Afrika, Burundi

Ungdomar lär sig ta egna initiativ

Om ungdomar ges de rätta verktygen kan de gå längre än vad de själva kan tänka sig. Om det vittnar ett projekt i norra Burundi. Projektet har fokuserat på att ge ungdomarna kunskap som ett verktyg i att stärka dem till att bli aktörer för försoning och fred i deras byar samt kunna förbättra sin egen situation. 

En byledare talar på ett möte. Foto: Malin Alsing

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Kategorier: Afrika, Burundi, Konflikt, Utbildning
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