My friend Katherine sent me this link for photos of Usumbura (the colonial name for Bujumbura) from the 1950’s:


Some of the scenes in the photos are impressively similar to the city today. Many of the buildings shown still exist.

This post is maybe a stunning glimpse into Burundi’s colonial past, maybe another, less stunning, evasion on my part of considering my current surroundings.


1 Response to “usumbura”

  1. 1 Caren, former resident of Bujumbura
    February 25, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Hi Jefferson, Just wanted to leave a short message to say that I stumbled upon your blog. I’ll keep the link and hopefully we can stay in touch. I almost hate to ask….NGO registration?? Caren

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