Burundi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bujumbura

Government: 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: 10, 395,000 (2014)

Land Size: 27,816 sq km (10,740 sq miles)

Major Ethic 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

  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Malaria Not Yet Declared As Epidemic, Says Public Health Minister - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [Iwacu] "From 2015 to 2016, the number of people suffering from malaria has increased in Burundi. However, the number of sick people has decreased of 20% at the beginning of 2017", says Josiane Nijimbere, Burundi Public Health Minister, during the plenary session in the National Assembly, this 23 February.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: UN Removes Burundi Staff Officer From Its Peacekeeping Mission - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [Iwacu] The UN has removed from its peacekeeping mission Major Nicolas Budigi over allegations of human rights violations in Burundi.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Burundi Police Chiefs Snub Regional Meet in Kigali - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [East African] There appears to be no end in sight for the sour diplomatic relation between Rwanda and Burundi.
  • Thu - Feb 23, 2017: Burundi Refugees Refuse to Return Home - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [East African] Burundian officials who had travelled to Uganda to persuade their nationals to return home left empty-handed after they were met with a hostile reception.
  • Wed - Feb 22, 2017: Four Ways in Which the Burundi Crisis Is Far From Over - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [African Arguments] The government is calling on its 380,000 refugees to return home, claiming the country is safe. Why does no-one believe them?