In the run-up to the 2015 Presidential elections in Burundi, incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would seek to overturn the constitutional limit of two presidential terms and run for a third term. The country went into a chaotic meltdown, with protestors taking to the streets in huge demonstrations that culminated in a coup attempt which narrowly failed. As election day approached Burundians fled to neighbouring Rwanda to escape what appeared to be a looming civil war. Grenade attacks rocked the capital. Every dawn brought a grim harvest of bodies in the streets, victims of a shadow war fought between invisible sides. In this strange and fevered atmosphere I worked with Andrew Green to unpick the circumstances surrounding the brutal mob killing of a young mobile phone airtime vendor. Around us the election rolled like a wave, consuming the city and the population.