STATUS: Nationalized Work
CHURCHES: 125 Churches
Career Missionaries Richard & Pamela Smoak
BURUNDI – Country Information
Burundi has a population of 11,865,821 as of 2020.
27,830 sq km / 10,745 sq mi (roughly the size of Massachusetts)
Gitega became the new capital city of Burundi in 2019, with the old capital of Bujumbura now being the cultural capital.
The majority of Burundi’s population is made up of the Hutu. The rest of the population consists of the Tutsi and Twa people.
62% Roman Catholic
Kirundi, a Bantu language, is spoken by the majority of the population. Only a small population speaks English or French and is typically a second language. A small percentage of people also speak Swahili.
Burundi is a beautiful country containing mountainous terrain and borders Lake Tanganyika, the second largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world.
Agriculture is huge part of Burundi’s economy with 80% of the population relying on farming. The country’s main export is coffee, but they also export cotton and tin ore. Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world.
The Burundi people are known for their drumming and dancing abilities.
Ethnic conflicts between the Hutu and Tutsi have existed since Burundi’s independence from Belgium in 1962. This has left the country and its citizens poor and hungry. Nearly 75% of Burundi’s population is living below the poverty line and 50% suffer from chronic hunger.
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