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.