David Shook is a writer and filmmaker who spends his summers in Bujumbura. He lives in Los Angeles, where he serves as editorial director of Phoneme Media.


The general credited with quashing this summer’s protests and May coup attempt was felled in an ambush—the latest death in violence that has proliferated since July’s tainted elections.

Déjà vu

Hutu militiamen are in Burundi and the president speaks of political opponents lying ‘face down’ on the ground. Is Rwanda’s neighbor facing slipping back into ethnic conflict?