Laura Gordon (Burundi)


Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon (Survivor Corps in Burundi): Laura worked as an English teacher in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 and Thailand in 2003. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Oxford with a 1st Class degree in Modern History. After graduating, Laura worked in Uganda as a research intern for the Uganda Human Rights Commission. At the time of her fellowship she was pursuing her master’s degree in International Affairs at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. After her fellowship, Laura wrote: “I'm more comfortable in my skin now, and after a couple of years of wondering where I belong, I'm now sure that it's overseas in the development world. I love Burundi and I'm desperate to go back.”



11 Aug

Return to Uganda

I arrived back in Uganda late Sunday, and have spent the last couple of days

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Posted Aug 11, 2009

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11 Aug

Last Days in Burundi

Although I’ve already left, I wanted to post quickly about my last few days in

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Posted Aug 11, 2009

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10 Aug

Leaving Burundi

I left Burundi at the crack of dawn yesterday morning, and am now writing from

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Posted Aug 10, 2009

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10 Aug

History Passing

A couple of days ago I read on the BBC about the funeral of the

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Posted Aug 10, 2009

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07 Aug

Burundi Politics update

So a couple of days ago I posted about a political arrest and insults to

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Posted Aug 07, 2009

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06 Aug

Burundi Tourism

I’ve already blogged about the fact that there is no tourism industry in Burundi, despite

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Posted Aug 06, 2009

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05 Aug

A Mystery Solved

One of the things that’s wierd about Burundi is that all the money is different

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Posted Aug 05, 2009

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04 Aug

Some disarmament videos

Better late than never, here are a couple of videos that I shot at the

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Posted Aug 04, 2009

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04 Aug

Not a good sign…

Yesterday, a senior member of the government (people have told me different stories on which)

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Posted Aug 04, 2009

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03 Aug

Being Gay in Burundi

There’s a new report out by Human Rights Watch on Gay Rights in Burundi –

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Posted Aug 03, 2009

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01 Aug

Playing with the boys…

Yesterday it was an American called Tom (also known as Chief)’s birthday, so I bunked

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Posted Aug 01, 2009

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31 Jul

Profile: Eric Niragira

In the two months I have been in Burundi, I’ve got to know Eric pretty

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Posted Jul 31, 2009

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31 Jul

Death Duties

This week has been a bit hectic. One of Brian’s aunts passed away last week,

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Posted Jul 31, 2009

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30 Jul

A Different Type of Survivor…

Lisa has already posted about Bujumbura’s Musee Vivante, which we visited while she and Bryan

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Posted Jul 30, 2009

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29 Jul

Staff Benda Bilili

If you want a survivor story with bells on (sort of literally, as it’s about

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Posted Jul 29, 2009

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28 Jul

Disarmament Ceremony

UPDATE: You can now see two videos of the ceremony here. Last week I was

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Posted Jul 28, 2009

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27 Jul

Mining Burundi

Nope, not the kind that blow up kids and tanks, the kind that extract nickel.

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Posted Jul 27, 2009

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27 Jul

Africa Time

One of the things that drives me, and most of the other bazungu I know,

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Posted Jul 27, 2009

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26 Jul

Visiting Goma

So while I was in Rwanda last weekend, I was able to follow up my

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Posted Jul 26, 2009

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24 Jul

A Trip to Rwanda

After Bujumbura, Kigali came as a major culture shock. Rwanda’s roads are well known among

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Posted Jul 24, 2009

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23 Jul

Some links I liked

Gordon Brown talks about how blogging and the internet are changing politics and international relations,

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Posted Jul 23, 2009

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16 Jul

Profile: Cadette Nshimirimana

Cadette Nshimirimana is shy and softly-spoken, but speaks passionately about her work with CEDAC and

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Posted Jul 16, 2009

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16 Jul

Profile: Willy Imberumwungere

Willy is reticent about his time associated with the rebel Frolina movement. He tells me

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Posted Jul 16, 2009

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16 Jul

Profile: Hassam Ciza

Hassam Ciza, one of Burundi’s small Muslim community, did not join the rebels voluntarily. In

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Posted Jul 16, 2009

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14 Jul

Bora Bora… no, not that one!

So, this weekend I finally made it to Bora Bora. No, not the mountains in

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Posted Jul 14, 2009

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14 Jul

A Sour Note

Over the weekend I had two experiences that got me down a bit about this

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Posted Jul 14, 2009

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14 Jul

Party Like it’s Bujumbura!

Everyone says it: Burundians love to party. On the plane out here I met a

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Posted Jul 14, 2009

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09 Jul

Profile: Jeanvierre Nibafasha (Francais)

Conseil : ce poste n’a pas été corrigé, et probablement il est plein des erreurs ! Si

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09 Jul

Profile: Clairance Mpawenimana (Francais)

Quand je parle a Clairance Mpawenimana, je lutte de ne pas pleurer. Pas a cause

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Posted Jul 09, 2009

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09 Jul

Profile: Arcade Habiyambere (Francais)

Conseil: ce poste n’a pas été corrigé ; si il y a des erreurs, veuillez me

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Posted Jul 09, 2009

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09 Jul

Profile: Jeanvierre Nibafasha

Jeanvierre Nibafasha certainly doesn’t fit the stereotype of a former rebel. She is highly educated,

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Posted Jul 09, 2009

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09 Jul

Moby Dick Update

About ten days ago I blogged about Moby Dick, the mosquito that was tormenting people.

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Posted Jul 09, 2009

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07 Jul

Profile: Arcade Habiyambere

I have heard a lot about Arcade Habiyambere before I meet him. A former member

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Posted Jul 07, 2009

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06 Jul

Microprojects in the Country

This weekend Eric had a visitor from a partner organisation in Zimbabwe, who he was

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Posted Jul 06, 2009

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03 Jul

Another Book Recommendation

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden. He’s very knowledgable and gives good introductions

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Posted Jul 03, 2009

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02 Jul

Two new bloggers…

Today I set up blogs for Pierre Claver and Eric from CEDAC, which you can

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Posted Jul 02, 2009

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02 Jul

Profile: Jean-Baptiste (French)

Translating some things into French to put on the CEDAC website, and for general local

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Posted Jul 02, 2009

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01 Jul

Bamboo bicycles, and other news

There’s a bit of a hiatus in blog posts and profiles at the moment as

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Posted Jul 01, 2009

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29 Jun

CEDAC website

Two pieces of news: This morning Eric and I created a site for CEDAC, which

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Posted Jun 29, 2009

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29 Jun

Moby Dick

For the last week my life has been made a misery by a single mosquito.

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Posted Jun 29, 2009

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29 Jun

Nyanza-Lac

On Saturday myself, Brian, Adrien and an American called Pamela went for a road trip

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Posted Jun 29, 2009

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26 Jun

Profile: Clairance Mpawenimana

The whole time I’m talking to Clairance Mpawenimana, I’m struggling not to cry. Not because

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Posted Jun 26, 2009

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26 Jun

Profile: Barnaby

Barnaby is a former member of the FAB (Forces Armées du Burundi), having been in

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Posted Jun 26, 2009

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26 Jun

High Heels and Dirt Roads

If you’re wondering how to walk in high heels on a dirt road, the answer

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Posted Jun 26, 2009

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25 Jun

The Lament of the Demobilised

In the last few days I’ve talked to a lot of people who were, in

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Posted Jun 25, 2009

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25 Jun

Profile: Jean-Baptiste Simbo

Jean-Baptiste Simbo is gregarious, smiling and open. He is happy to admit his past as

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Posted Jun 25, 2009

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24 Jun

Debarrassons-nous des arms pour eviter les drames

This is the slogan for the disarmament poster campaign in Bujumbura, roughly translating as ‘lets

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Posted Jun 24, 2009

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24 Jun

On Burundian Civil Society

One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Burundi was the vast

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Posted Jun 24, 2009

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24 Jun

Best Book Ever!

Anyone inspired by this blog (or generally) to learn more about Burundi should read ‘Burundi:

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Posted Jun 24, 2009

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23 Jun

The Confederations Cup and Pan-Africanism

Those who follow football will know that the Confederations cup (the winner from each of

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Posted Jun 23, 2009

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23 Jun

Profile: Eric Uwimana

Talking to Eric Uwimana is at first disconcerting. He was in the FNL, the last

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Posted Jun 23, 2009

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23 Jun

Profile: Fabiola Nshimirimana

Meeting Fabiola Nshimirimana, I can barely believe her past. Beautiful, smiling, and very pregnant indeed,

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Posted Jun 23, 2009

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22 Jun

Introducing Survivor Corps’ Partners: Centre d’Encadrement et de Développement des Anciens Combattants (CEDAC)

CEDAC is an umbrella organisation for former combatants’ associations led by the dynamic Eric Niragira,

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Posted Jun 22, 2009

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22 Jun

A weekend in Rwanda

This weekend I went up to Butare in Rwanda to meet up with Lisa, the

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Posted Jun 22, 2009

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22 Jun

Introducing Survivor Corps’ Partners: THARS – Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services

David Niyozima, a former professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, and himself a

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Posted Jun 22, 2009

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18 Jun

Q: What do Burundi, New Zealand, and Canada have in Common?

A: They all live in the shadows of larger, richer, more powerful neighbouring countries, often

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17 Jun

Video Profile

Finally got the video profile online – low res as ever but that’s the nature

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Posted Jun 17, 2009

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17 Jun

Introducing Survivor Corps’ Partners: Association des Femmes Juridiques (Women Lawyers Association)

The first organisation Survivor Corps Burundi works with is the Associations des Femmes Juridiques du

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Posted Jun 17, 2009

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17 Jun

Il est beau, mon pays Burundi

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLv1hvpHdbs Tourism Burundi, in song form!

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Posted Jun 17, 2009

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15 Jun

Regional Ruminations: Religion

As anyone who has lived in Uganda will know, they take their religion very seriously

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Posted Jun 15, 2009

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15 Jun

Social Networking, Swahili Style

Check this out! A group of Kenyans have translated Facebook into Swahili to make it

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Posted Jun 15, 2009

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12 Jun

Dancing in the City

There aren’t that many capital cities in the world where you can be driving home

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Posted Jun 12, 2009

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11 Jun

Two Sides to Every Story

I found this article on the BBC a few days ago, about how the narrative

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Posted Jun 11, 2009

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11 Jun

Scratching the surface

There is very little about Bujumbura that looks like a country emerging from a civil

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Posted Jun 11, 2009

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07 Jun

On being a pincushion

I’m coming to the end of my preparations to go to Burundi – the visa

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Posted Jun 07, 2009

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04 Jun

You’re going WHERE?!

To say that Burundi isn’t well understood would be something of an understatement. Even as

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Posted Jun 04, 2009

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