As the country collapses, state media remains bizarrely upbeat. But there's a logic to the madness.
Abigail Fielding-SmithAbigail Fielding-Smith is a reporter for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and head of editorial development at Coda Story. She was based in Beirut between 2008 and 2014 and covered the Syrian uprising for the Financial Times. Follow her on Twitter at @AbbieFS.
On June 29, despite anti-government protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term, Burundians in Bujumbura braved the threat of harm to head to the polls. Will BoaseWill Boase is a freelance photographer based in Uganda.