The children colonial Belgium stole from African mothers

Monique Bitu Bingi, 71, has never forgotten how it happened. It was 1953 when the white colonials came for her in Babadi, a village in the Kasai region of what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), then a Belgian colony. She was four, the child of a Black Congolese woman and a […]

Burundi refugees forcibly disappeared, tortured in Tanzania: HRW

At least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers have been forcibly disappeared from refugee camps in Tanzania over the past year, according to a new report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). Many were tortured at a police station in Kibondo, Tanzania, the report says. Seven remain missing, while three were released after several weeks. […]

Burundi ex-leader rejects life sentence for murder #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Pierre Buyoya derides the court sentence handed down for the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. Burundi’s former President Pierre Buyoya has rejected a life sentence he received in absentia this week over the 1993 assassination of his successor, dismissing the case as a “sham”. “We reject these judgments, which are in no way […]

Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana missing for 1,500 days

The last time Jean Bigirimana’s family saw or heard from him was 1,500 days ago. The Burundian reporter and father of two went missing on July 22, 2016, allegedly after being arrested by the country’s National Security Service in Bugarama, some 45km (28 miles) from the capital, Bujumbura. Later that day, one of Bigirimana’s colleagues at […]