xiii, 234 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : 22 cm
"Little known in the English speaking world, Burundi is Rwanda's twin - a small country with an equally tortured history of tensions between Hutus and Tutsis and several traumatic events that have been described as genocide. Julius Nyerere and Nelson Mandela took turns as mediators in a lengthy, and eventually successful, peace process which has given the country new institutions ... but there are still many problems to solve." "Nigel Watt describes this beautiful and cultured land which has produced some remarkable peacemakers, journalists, teachers, political and church leaders. He traces the origins of the crisis and brings Burundi's recent history to life with interviews: some which help explain the mysteries of the country's 'ethnic' divisions, so different from elsewhere in Africa; some with people who experienced horrific events; and some with others who have worked for reconciliation - in the media, in the churches, in civil society - and have helped create a chance for a much more hopeful future."--BOOK JACKET
Co-publisher from jacket
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-214) and index
1. A quick tour of the country -- 2. Transport, language, culture, religion -- 3. Kings, Germans, Belgians, Hutus, Tutsis, Twa -- 4. Micombero and the tragedy of 1972 -- 5. Dictatorship and the first seeds of democracy 1977-93 -- 6. The crisis begins (1993) : the killing of Ndadaye and the aftermath -- 7. "Creeping coup" to Buyoya II, 1993-99 -- 8. The peace talks at Arusha, 1998-2001 -- 9. Buyoya, Ndayizeye and the elections of 2005 -- 10. Rebels and extremists -- 11. Integrating the army : disarmament and demobilisation -- 12. Tales of "ethnicity" -- 13. The Twa : organising the most marginalised -- 14. Peace comes to Kibimba -- 15. Action by Christians : peace education and trauma healing -- 16. Peacemaking on the ground -- 17. The media -- 18. Governance, human rights and justice -- 19. Poverty and development : the economy as the key to peace? -- 20. International organisations -- 21. The new regime, 2005-07 -- 22. Is it peace?