Burundi faces growing unrest
Stores boarded shut in Bujumbura's market on March, 27th. Many in the capital city responded to a call to strike, protesting the rising cost of living. (Courtesy: Roopa Gogineni)
April 16th, 2012
11:37 PM ET

Burundi faces growing unrest

Editor's Note: Roopa Gogineni is a freelance journalist and photographer. 

By Roopa Gogineni - Special to CNN

Four years ago while studying in Tunis, I was told not to talk politics in the streets. But one afternoon, sitting on steps in an empty suburb, a prophetic Tunisian friend opened up about her government and president.  She had a lot to say.

Recently in Bujumbura, the lakeside capital of Burundi, I had a similar conversation with a security guard who would not share his name. He led me into a deserted alley and declared, “The government will have problems in the future, if things continue like this, there will be many in the streets.”

A small Great Lakes country of eight million people, Burundi is almost always overshadowed by its neighbor to the north, Rwanda. Both countries emerged from catastrophic civil wars, but Rwanda has taken off under the charismatic leadership of Paul Kagame while Burundi remains one of the poorest countries in Africa. FULL POST

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