I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. Whether taking the train into New York City by myself as a young teen to attend dance classes with Alvin Ailey, or deciding at the age of 40 to abandon a career in the arts to get involved in the HIV/AIDS crisis, or, just ten years ago, taking the helm of one of the oldest NGOs in the U.S.
The ruling party, the Chama Cha Mapindizi (CCM), has enacted a cluster of laws to clamp down on freedom of the media that will put a country once admired for its transparency and openness - and a significant development partner of the West - into the same league as other dictatorships on the continent.
DAR ES SALAAM -- I fear that Burundi's hard-earned peace is under imminent threat. An attempted coup d'état last week is the latest indicator that the country is once again on the brink. Immediate measures need to be implemented to de-escalate the situation, or the country could descend into civil war once again.