There is a house in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, that locals call Little Burundi. It is home to 14 Burundian refugees who have fled the political violence that has rocked their adored country. But they are not just any refugees.
These men and women, Pascal, Robert, Tresor, Limande, Kinju, Kaya, Omer, Dorain, Christian, Venuste, Adonis, Justin,
Pamela and baby Shiroko, were all deeply involved in the protests that were so severely repressed by the country's security forces.
14 refugees are living in 'Little Burundi' in Rwanda's capital Kigali IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan
Justin, 24, escaped the armed rebellion after being brainwashed by a rebel tout (IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan)
Messi, 4, arrived in Rwanda with his family after police visited his house numerous times looking for his father, a protester IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan 4-month-old Shikiro is the youngest refugee in Little Burundi IBTimes UK/Elsa Buchanan
They claim to have been the ones chanting and looking at
police officers shoot at their friends in Cibitoke, Musaga, Nyakabiga and Mutakura – neighbourhoods whose names are now synonymous with Bujumbura's fight.
Most of the refugees are hoping to return to Burundi soon IBTimes UK/Elsa Buchanan
Christian Ninteretse won the equivalent of The Voice in Burundi in 2014 but had to flee the country because, he claims, he was on the government's wanted list IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan
The refugees take in turn to prepare food for 14 people twice a day IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan Money is very short in the house, but the refugees manage to eat twice a day IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan
While there are rumours some of these refugees' counterparts still in Burundi or in neighbouring countries are piling up arms, ready for the new struggle, Little Burundi's refugees have another project in mind to bring change.
The refugees attend daily 'classes on subjects as diverse as project management and music IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan
Refugees Venuste (front) and Kaya Free (back) are artists who were openly against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan
The refugees are all part of a new political movement, Komezamahoro IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan Most of the refugees arrived in Rwanda with no more than one extra set of clothes IBTimes UK/ Elsa Buchanan