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Aug 22nd 2007 5:43AM Burundi is supposedly pretty safe now...even though I haven't lived there in over 8 years( I did visit briefly in 2004 though)
Contrary to what Forbes said, Burundi is NOT at war since 2005, when a democratically elected government took power after they agreed to stop fighting(granted, it's mostly composed by former rebels whose war crimes were extensively reported but really who's counting?)
You can pretty much travel the country without getting chopped off or blown off by a grenade...unless you're rather unlucky (like that couple in the middle of the busy capital city, or those senate members whose houses were attacked two nights ago, or those belgians...oy, u get the drift).
Anyway, I'm just repeating the official stance of the government, u know...everything is great, nobody has anything to fear ("of course unless you disagree with us"), the economy is going strong ( "yes we are aware that about a million people are starving") and there are absolutely no human rights violations ( "oh, the unlawfully detained people who were tortured or whose bodies were found in the river in various stages of decomposition?....ahem..we're looking into it")