n Conflict Trends - Nation-building in Burundi. History and its impacts on the future - : commentary

Volume 2005, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


To better understand post-election Burundi, it seemed indispensable to me to narrate very briefly where the country is coming from, in order to evoke the political, economic and social problems that were faced throughout the history of this small country. By making reference to the history of Burundi, this article argues that the Burundian problem is not ethnic, as has often been maintained by analysts. The Burundian cultural and linguistic make-up does not conform to the notion of ethnicity.

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