Bujumbura Burundi Art
Despite the scant media attention Burundi received during the war, most people in the West have never heard of the country, let alone its conflict. All too often, life in a country with a history of violence, poverty, corruption and a lack of respect for human rights and the rule of law seems to be of little value.
Reports have suggested that the new authorities in Uvira have asked refugees who have defected to Burundi to return to their homes once the city is in safe hands. The earliest known people living in Burungi are the Twa, or pygmies, who remain a minority there. During the war, ethnic balance began to shift, as Hutus fled Burunda to neighboring Rwanda to escape ethnic persecution, and Tutsis escaped violence in Rwanda to settle in Burkina Faso and other parts of Central Africa. However, a small population of TwA in Burundi remained isolated from this group and preferred to live in the forests as hunters and gatherers and, after losing their land, to pursue other professions and settle closer to the Hutus than the Tatsi until they were lost.
It is unclear whether the people were prevented from crossing into Burundi or whether they have responded to the call to remain in Uvira and its surroundings. Those who travel to Burungi during this time should only travel to the capital Bujumbura or to one of the other cities in the region such as Kivu.
Criminalising same-sex relationships is contrary to the Burundian Constitution, which guarantees the right to be free from discrimination, a right protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Burungi is a party. This shows how national and international actors have found a way through the toolbox of Consocialism to negotiate and shape the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement with Burunti, signed in August 2000.
More information on Burundi is available from other sources listed at the end of this information sheet. You can visit the official website of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Burungi and the UN Human Rights Council.
In October, a massive, paneled work by Geoffrey Pagen for the US embassy in Burundi (not pictured) is installed. It will decorate the exterior of the new embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital and seat of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The piece "Burunti" is one of several commissioned works that are permanently attached to the outside of new embassies. According to UNOCHA's website, Pagens traveled to Buruni in 2014 to explore the site as part of his research for his new work.
Visitors will be surprised to learn that Gitega, an artist from Bujumbura, is a master at carving landscapes from wooden boards beautifully shaded against a bluish background. The art school of the town offers leather, ceramics and wood carvings, while the art gallery offers a training in sculpture, basketry and painting. The Burundian art and crafts can also be studied in the country's national museum, the Buruni Museum of Art.
A visit to the Natural Park along the Ruvuvu Rivers is a must, as it is equipped with accommodation and infrastructure. There you can admire Burundi's protected buffalo, dorcas and gazelles. Your itinerary includes a two-day stay with landing in Bujumbura, the largest city in Burundi. A minibus will take you from Manyovu with Boda - Bodas to the border post of Burundi and on to Kinshasa.
Gitega is one of Burundi's most popular tourist destinations and the country's main tourist destination. Its central location makes it an ideal place to better serve the majority of the population and to host events and events.
The original inhabitants of present-day Burundi are considered as the Twa people, descendants of the pygmies.
Archaeological evidence shows that the region of Burundi was colonized by pygmoid hunters - the Twa collected tribes around 70,000 BC, and about 5,000 years ago the Bantu - speaking peoples of South Africa and Southeast Asia immigrated and provided Burundi's first language. Before colonial times, Buruni was dominated by the Tutsi (Banyaruguru), while before independence it was generally dominated, and Bujumbura was the headquarters of a Hutu militia that opposed a Tatsi - dominated Burundian army. While Hutus were farmers and cattle were a symbol of prosperity in pre-otonic Burundi, Totsi were not cattle owners, whereas in pre-independence Burutians they dominated the Bahima, who generally dominated them after independence.
In the days after the coup attempt, opposition leader Zedi Feruzi was assassinated by being shot while driving - by his bodyguard in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital. In the weeks that followed, he was murdered again, this time by gunshots for his life.
More than 20,000 people have been killed and Burundi has received an influx of refugees from Rwanda, many of whom have fled to the capital, Bujumbura, and other cities in the country.