Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon (Survivor Corps in Burundi): Laura worked as an English teacher in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 and Thailand in 2003. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Oxford with a 1st Class degree in Modern History. After graduating, Laura worked in Uganda as a research intern for the Uganda Human Rights Commission. At the time of her fellowship she was pursuing her master’s degree in International Affairs at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. After her fellowship, Laura wrote: “I'm more comfortable in my skin now, and after a couple of years of wondering where I belong, I'm now sure that it's overseas in the development world. I love Burundi and I'm desperate to go back.”



Some disarmament videos

04 Aug

Better late than never, here are a couple of videos that I shot at the disarmament ceremony I visited – you can read my description of the ceremony here.

This one shows the scene just before the ceremony started – you can see the townspeople there in Sunday Best, the women’s dance group and traditional musicians waiting to perform, the drummers performing, and a group of former combatants waiting for the ceremony – as well as the weapons ready to be handed in:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4xbv6bHqcY

And, because I haven’t found anything like this before, here is a clip of the Burundian women’s dance, performed by one of the best groups in the country. The musicians are in pink shirts on the right of the screen, although the women are (slightly incongruously) blowing the whistles.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDKfaM4TxqA

Posted By Laura Gordon

Posted Aug 4th, 2009

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