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Life after Violence: A People's Story of Burundi

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Burundi recently emerged from twelve years of civil war. In this book, ordinary Burundians, farmers, artisans, traders, mothers, soldiers and students talk about the past and the future, war and peace, their hopes for a better life and their relationships with each other and the state.Young men, in particular, often seen as the cause of violence, talk about the difficultie ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Zed Books
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So this is the most useful book I could find about Burundi, (of the seven the library held.) It's essentially the summary of several hundred in-depth interviews conducted with Burundians in 2006 or so, delving into their opinion and experiences on everything from their personal life stories to their political opinions, worldviews and hopes and ambitions for the future. I expect the main criticism might be the synthesis Uvin does, boiling down hundreds of interviews into a few pages of a kind of ...more
I read this a while ago, and just now have been reading an account of Liberia during its civil war, so it seemed like a good idea to post what I had written at the time.
This is a scholarly study presented in an approachable fashion, which surveyed Burundians and their attitudes a couple of years after the cessation of the civil war there, which occurred on and off for fifteen years, and included genocidal actions between the Tutsi and Hutu tribe members, comparable to the experience in Rwanda.
Great research, but not the best literature. Recommended for students of modern Burundi more than those who want a narrative history
Great book, super helpful and informative. Really helps illuminate the Burundian context.
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