The What and the Why of Burundi…

This is intended as context for the article opposite on the crisis in Burundi.

Population. 10.3 million

Capital. Bujumbura. 707,000.

Ethnic Groups. Hutu 85% Tutsi 14% Twa (Pygmy) 1%. There are about 3,000 Europeans and 2,000 south Asians living and working in Burundi.

Religion. Catholic 62.1% Protestant 23.9%. Muslim 2.5%. Rest – other or unspecified.

Life expectancy at birth: 59.55 years. Male 57.94, female: 61.22.

Internally displaced people (IDP) – 71,000. Mostly Tutsi.

Size: a landlocked 27,830 sq km – about the same size as Albania, or the US state of Maryland.

Borders. DRC, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Lowest point. Lake Tanganyika 772 m

Natural resources: Includes nickel, uranium, rare earth oxides, cobalt, copper, platinum, gold, tin, tungsten.

Main exports. Coffee, tea.

Foreign aid = 42% of national income.

Flag. Divided by a white diagonal cross into red and green panels with a white disk at the center bearing three red six-pointed stars . Green symbolizes hope, white –peace, red – the blood shed in the struggle for independence. The stars represent the three main ethnic groups.

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Be the first to comment on "The What and the Why of Burundi…"

Leave a comment

favorites.png
Comments are moderated before they are published. Please consider if you're contributing to the discussion before you post. Abuse and general negativity will not be allowed to appear on the site. This might be the Internet but let's try to keep things civil.
 

Your email address will not be published.


*


*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.