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President Evariste Ndayishimiye takes the oath of office on June 18, 2020. He took over from the late Pierre Nkurunziza.

How Burundi’s independent press lost its freedom

With the demise of Pierre Nkurunziza, all eyes are on Burundi's new president as he inherits a political framework that has repressed press freedom and silenced independent media voices.
President Pierre Nkurunziza arrives to inaugurate Burundi’s Chinese-built state house on September 27, 2019. (Photo by ONESPHORE NibigIra/AFP via Getty Images)

Why history will judge Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza harshly

History will judge Nkurunziza as a man who brought unnecessary pain to a nation that had long suffered from political misrule.
Tools like the WHO checklist can lead to better surgical outcomes in countries with limited resources. Shutterstock

What African countries can do about ensuring safer surgery

Research found that only a quarter of anaesthetists working in main referral hospitals in East Africa used the WHO safe surgical checklist.
Protesters during an anti-government demonstration against president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. Bujumbura, Burundi. May 2015. EPA Images

Burundi: crisis looms as 2020 elections open up old divisions

The economy is another concern and could lead to wholesale political collapse as more and more Burundians are left without vital services.

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