n Conflict Trends - Pierre Nkurunziza - President of the Republic of Burundi : interview

Volume 2010 Number si-1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Pierre Nkurunziza was born in the northern province of Ngozi in 1963. His father, a member of the National Assembly, was assassinated in the 1972 massacres. Two of his six brothers and sisters were similarly killed during the 1993 conflict, while another three were reported to have died in the bush. In 1987, Nkurunziza entered the University of Burundi, where he four years later took a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and sports. Working as a sports teacher at secondary schools and as a lecturer at the university, in 1995 renewed clashes between the Tutsi and Hutu population groups prompted Nkurunziza to flee the country. "I was pushed into rebellion by the inter-ethnic massacres that were taking place at the university", he later stated.

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