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Burundi: Whether a person's name varies based on his or her origin, and particularly whether a name ending in "a" in the northeast of the country ends in "o" in the province of Bujumbura; whether a person called "Seromba" in the province of Kirundo would have the same name in the province of Bujumbura

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa
Publication Date 24 January 2008
Citation / Document Symbol BDI102739.FE
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Burundi: Whether a person's name varies based on his or her origin, and particularly whether a name ending in "a" in the northeast of the country ends in "o" in the province of Bujumbura; whether a person called "Seromba" in the province of Kirundo would have the same name in the province of Bujumbura, 24 January 2008, BDI102739.FE, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/485ba85723.html [accessed 2 August 2014]
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In 17 January 2008 correspondence sent to the Research Directorate, the Director of the Department of Religious Studies and of the Ethics Project at the University of Sudbury, who is from Burundi, stated that [translation] "there are no such regional variations for names." The Director added that [translation] "an individual does not change his or her name if he or she changes provinces: SEROMBA would remain SEROMBA regardless of where the individual is in Burundi."

Corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

Director of the Department of Religious Studies and of the Ethics Project, University of Sudbury, Ontario. 17 January 2008. Correspondence.

Additional Sources Consulted

Oral sources: A professor from a university in Belgium did not respond to a request for information within the time constraints of this Response.

Internet sites, including: Ethnologue, European County of Origin Information Network (ecoi.net), University of Pennsylvania – African Studies Center.

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