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Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason (in purple, front row) with Senator Helene Conway-Mouret (on her left) and guest of honour Marie-Christine Saragosse (to her right). Photograph: Lara Marlowe

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People burn mattresses looted from the local police post on  May 13th, 2015, in Musaga,  Bujumbura, Burundi. Photograph: Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images

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