1994 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Mike Goldwater

Network Photographers for Independent Magazine / Der Spiegel

01 November, 1993

A girl recovers from a bayonet wound in a hospital where hundreds of Hutus take refuge during the violent aftermath of the army coup. When Burundi's first democratic elections brought Hutu Melchior Ndadaye to power, the future looked hopeful. Ndadaye planned to include both Hutus and Tutsis - the two main tribes with a long history of ethnic conflict - in his government. But on October 21 the coup put an end to his ambitions - and to his life. Excessive violence followed the coup, whose perpetrators escaped to Zaire.

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Mike Goldwater

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