Category Archives: After the War

Post-War Peace on the Shores of Lake Tanganyika: Riding High!

Civil war officially ended in Burundi in 2006.  For several years thereafter, there have been sporadic fights and attacks, but these, too, have dwindled to almost ‘zero’. What changes has a blanket of peace brought?  This blog concentrates on post-war activities on the … Continue reading

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Livestock Restocking in Burundi: More Complicated than ‘The Gift of a Goat’

Livestock – particularly goats – play a key role in smallholders’ agricultural activities in Burundi.  They are a ‘savings-bank on the hoof’, thus can be sold in case of emergency for cash.  Their manure and urine provide excellent inputs for … Continue reading

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Post-War Peace Keeping IN Burundi

Keeping the Peace in Burundi – by Working for Peace in  Somalia [First posted Juin 2009,  Revised 13 November 2011] Peace negotiations in Burundi have brought together all rebel groups and are associated with the long and complex process known … Continue reading

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Animal Care and Health in the Tropics

Maxie is the newest addition to our animals – a really beautiful dog and, although only about 3 months old, is already a good watch dog.  However, yesterday he fell quite ill – there are so many illnesses here in the tropics … Continue reading

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Village Gates: Post-War Symbols of Safety

It has now been over one year with no fighting or rebel attacks in the village.  During the war years, when women and children fled the village during an attack, while menfolk remained to protect their property, we oftentimes took … Continue reading

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How Humanitarian Assistance Changes Local Diets and Markets

Mandatory distribution of foodstuffs produced by the donor country is written into many of the humanitarian assistance grants supported by American and EU governments. My first experience with mandatory food aid took place some years ago when working in the … Continue reading

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The War Years in Burundi – Background

For about 8 months there has been no shooting where we are near the Congo border.  After over 10 years of fighting, during which time I have been based here, the calm has settled comfortably on nearly everyone, to the … Continue reading

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