Patrick, the hustler

This Burundian Life

By Karl-Chris Nsabiyumva
Photo by Rosalie Colfs

He moved to Bujumbura about two years ago. It was his first time here. He had succeeded the national Exam and had been admitted to the University of Burundi to study Economics. He had wanted to study Mathematics, but what could he do… appeal? It’s sometimes better to take what you’re given instead of risking to lose it all, he says.

I used to believe that this country is so small that everybody had to have at least one relative or a close friend in the city. Patrick doesn’t have any… or at least he didn’t when he first arrived.
This just reminded me of an old lady I crossed paths with upcountry a few months ago, and who told me she hadn’t seen her two sons for seven years, when they left for the capital in search for work. I couldn’t believe…

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