Originally posted on undergradinafrica:
Today, I did not read the news, or any of the sites devoted solely to Africa, because I am currently working on a research paper on the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping missions in Central Africa (focusing on the UN and the Kivus in the DRC). Now, not only does my brain need a break from all of the chaos, violence, and straight up manipulation and harassment of innocent people that it has absorbed in the last week, but while carrying a stack of library books (around 10) out of the library to bring home and conduct MORE research, and while trying to answer a phone call from my husband, I dropped my phone (the only nice thing that I own) and it broke apart. Then I dropped all 10 library books on top of it. Now it is broken, and I feel like a piece of my body is missing.
So, for me, and my soul, I need a break from the negative aspects of Africa. I will admit that the BBC is on, and the news is on protests in Nigeria and violence in South Sudan (two things I have discussed recently), but today I would like to highlight something positive about Africa. I would like to share a blog on global peace. This blog is written by a young man from Burundi. He is currently living in exile, as he is a political target and cannot live safely in his home of Burundi. Burundi has been the location of a civil war that lasted from the early nineties to the late 2000s (1992-2006). While the UN mission in Burundi is one of the only undertakings in the region that has a chance of success, lately Burundi has suffered from political assassinations, harassment of journalists, and the possible rearming of the FNL (formerly the PALIPEHUTU-FNL).
This post isn’t about the problems that Burundi is facing. This is about a young man who is taking it upon himself to return to school and study peace and conflict resolution. This is a young man who is trying to organize the youth of Burundi, and give them something to do besides pick up weapons and end up growing up in the jungle as rebels. This is a young man who is trying to save his country from the poverty and the history of war that it has been trapped in. I would like to share his blog, because I would like to show that positive things are happening. Africans are working every day to change their future and the futures of their countries. The main point I want to make is that this young man is not a president. He is not a Nobel Prize winner. Yet, he is making great strides to bring peace to not only his country, but to the world.