Photo of the Week: The Burundi Coup
On 13 May 2015, General Godefroid Niyombare declared on Burundian radio that President Pierre Nkurunziza had been overthrown. In the preceding weeks, protesters had taken to the streets against the president’s decision to run for a third term. In response to the news of the coup, hundreds took to the streets to celebrate. Igor Rugwiza was there to capture the moment.
The moment was, however, short-lived. Days later, the coup was declared a failure and Nkrununziza returned to his position.
For more on Burundi’s ongoing political crisis, read:
- 4 ways in which the Burundi crisis is far from over
- Three lessons about Burundi’s crisis from speaking to those who fled it
- The AU tried and failed on Burundi. Now it’s time to try again.
- Burundi must avoid repeating the mistakes of Arusha
In our Photo of the Week, we showcase one of the boldest and most beautiful images, old or new, that we’ve come across that week. If you’d like to submit a photograph to be featured, please email [email protected].