Bujumbura Students Take Refuge Near US Embassy

Collection with 11 media items created by Alex Pritz

Burundi 09 May 2015 09:35

Around 500 students have been living on the streets, and, when it rains, in the halfway built building next to the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students, many of whom are politically active, say this is the only place they can feel safe in a city being rocked by protests and a violent police crackdown.

An eerie calm exists in the students building. Ears are glued to the sides of cell phones and radios, searching for information about the protests and the flag of the US embassy drifts lazily in the wind, just a stone's throw from the students makeshift settlement.

Yet students have self-organized to provide for their basic needs. A cleaning crew sweeps up the construction debris to make room for a new set of beds, while medical students treat a young man for pneumonia and others prepare rice for the day's meal.

Burundi Bujumbura Students University Us Embassy Protests

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Bujumbura University Students 01
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Medical students from the University of Burundi examines a patient with hypertension inside the abandoned building adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been living on the street outside the embassy, and using the adjacent building for shelter since universities closed due to the protests.

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Bujumbura University Students 02
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

A sixth year medical student from the University of Burundi examines a patient with hypertension inside the abandoned building adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been living on the street outside the embassy, and using the adjacent building for shelter since universities closed due to the protests.

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Bujumbura University Students 03
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students find some rest in the half-constructed building next to the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been living on the street outside the embassy, and using the adjacent building for shelter since universities closed due to the protests.

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Bujumbura University Students 04
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students listen to updates on the day's protests from radios in a stairwell of the abandoned building they use for safety and shelter adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura University Students 05
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Physics students study their lessons despite classes being cancelled due to the protests currently rocking Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura University Students 06
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

A student glances out the window of the empty building they use for shelter adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been on the streets for over a week, since universities were closed May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 07
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students avoid the rain in an abandoned building next to the US embassy in Bujumbura. Approximately 500 students have been camped out outside the US embassy since universities closed May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 08
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students check their phone while avoiding the rain in a half built building adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura University Students 09
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

A young man sleeps in the hallway of the half built building adjacent the US embassy that students are using for shelter since their schools closed their gates May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 10
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

The view of the US embassy from the half-constructed building students are using for shelter in Bujumbura since universities closed May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 11
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

The entrance to the half built building students are using for shelter in Bujumbura.