Burundi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bujumbura

Government: Presidential Republic

Current President: Pierre Nkurunziza

Economy:

  • Predominately agricultural.
  • Agriculture accounts for just over 30% of GDP and employs more than 90% of the population.
  • Primary exports are coffee and tea.

Population: 11,844,520 (2018)

Land Size: 27,834 sq km (10,747 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Hutu: 85%
  • Tutsi: 14%
  • Twa: 1%
Religions:

  • Christian: 67% (Roman Catholic: 62%, Protestant: 5%)
  • Indigenous beliefs: 23%
  • Muslim: 10%

Language(s):

  • Kirundi (official)
  • French (official)
  • Swahili (along Lake Tanganyika and in the Bujumbura area)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: Football Team Plays Through Coronavirus Threat - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [VOA] Burundi's national football club is continuing its pursuit of a championship, despite the deadly risk posed by the global spread of the coronavirus.
  • Fri - Apr 3, 2020: Burundi Records Three Cases of Coronavirus - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [East African] In one week, Burundi recorded its first three cases of the coronavirus disease since the pandemic hit the region.
  • Fri - Apr 3, 2020: Aid Groups Blocked From Coronavirus Quarantine Sites - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [The New Humanitarian] Bournemouth, UK -'Any interventions should be in line with international human rights standards.'
  • Wed - Apr 1, 2020: Any Covid-19 Cover-Up Will Put Lives At Risk - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [HRW] Nairobi -Burundian authorities risk putting people in grave danger without the free flow of fact-based information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking about the country's exposure to the virus, President Pierre Nkurunziza's spokesperson recently said "Burundi is an exception because it is a country that has put God first." Such national exceptionalism claims should not be used to prevent people from raising concerns about suspected cases and the potential spread of the virus.
  • Wed - Apr 1, 2020: Burundi Announces First Two Covid-19 Cases - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [East African] Burundi has confirmed its first two coronavirus cases, Health minister Thadée Ndikumana announced late Tuesday.