The new National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Burundi, elected for the first time in 17 years.
Three Batwa people who attended the first national convention in 17 years of the Baha'is of Burundi. From left to right: Delphin Sebitwa – who was among the nine people elected to the National Spiritual Assembly, Christine Ndayikengurutse, and Cyriaque Mpawentmana.
Christine Ndayikengurutse, right, a member of the Batwa people, who attended the national Baha'i convention in Burundi as one of 19 elected delegates. Mrs. Ndayikengurutse, who is illiterate, was accompanied by a young girl, pictured left, who is able to go to school and assisted her to fill out her ballot.
Consultation sessions were often accompanied by singing and dancing at the first national Baha'i convention to be held in Burundi in 17 years.
Baha'is from throughout Burundi gathered at the national Baha'i center in Bujumbura to elect the first National Spiritual Assembly for 17 years, 29 April - 1 May 2011.