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Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement in April that he would seek a third five-year term set off a year of instability in the central African nation that has left hundreds dead and forced a quarter million people from their homes.

With reports of opposition militias training refugees in camps in neighboring Rwanda and Nkurunziza's government using coded language to suggest the opposition is a Tutsi attempt to grab power, fears are rising that Burundi could descend into the ethnic bloodletting that killed 300,000 during the 1993-2005 civil war.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a discussion of the renewed instability in a region with a history of ethnic cleansing and genocide.

KBIA's Hope Kirwan sits down to talk with Nadege Uwase to talk about what it was like growing up in Rwanda during the genocide and what the international community has learned from this tragedy.

And later on the program, a bill proposed in the state House to begin discussion on the Missouri state flag’s design has some historians worried. One flag expert, though, says the state’s a long way from a redesign process. ­Jack Howard reports.   

Joe Callander / Life After Death

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. It’s estimated that roughly 800,000 Rwandans were killed in that three month period. Kwasa Liste Munson is the son of one of those victims. He’s the subject of the new documentary Life After Death, which premieres this week at the True/False film festival. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A local Kirksville grocer shuts down for good
  • Missouri lawmakers considering allowing casinos to loan money to their patrons
  • Columbia residents unsure of future of neighborhood trees
  • Kirksville shows highest growth of any NE Missouri city
  • University of Missouri hosting Rwanda symposium for public

Mizzou hosts Rwanda education symposium

Apr 27, 2012
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A symposium aimed at spreading awareness about the genocide in Rwanda is taking place Saturday on Missouri’s campus.