I’m not sure what may have caused this, but today there was an unusually high volume (for me) of traffic from the country of Burundi in eastern Africa.
I can’t tell what blog posts the person (or persons) was reading (at least I don’t think I can with WP stats), but I am assuming it is just one person who may have fallen into some sort of rabbit hole on my web site and couldn’t get out, so he or she just kept clicking different things in a frenzied attempt to escape.
To put things in perspective, prior to today I have had a total of 11 views from the country of Burundi, over nearly a six and a half-year period. Today, as you can see from the screen shot above, there were 50 views alone.
So I thought I would read up a little bit on the country of Burundi and share what I learned. In case you are curious, feel free to keep reading. If on the other hand, you need to escape from here as quickly as possible, just close your browser and pretend like this never happened…
Background and History
Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge. It is bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and southeast, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
The Twa, Hutu and Tutsi peoples have lived in Burundi for at least 500 years. For more than 200 of those years, Burundi was an independent kingdom, until the beginning of the 20th century, when Germany colonised the region. After the First World War and Germany’s defeat, it ceded the territory to Belgium. Both Germans and Belgians ruled Burundi and Rwanda as a European colony known as Ruanda-Urundi. Burundi and Rwanda had never been under common rule until the time of European colonisation.
Burundi gained independence in 1962 and initially had a monarchy, but a series of assassinations, coups and a general climate of regional instability culminated in the establishment of a republic and one-party state in 1966.
The economy is predominantly agricultural, accounting for 50% of GDP in 2017 and employing more than 90% of the population.
As of July 2018, Burundi was estimated by the United Nations to have a population of 11,175,374 people, compared to only 2,456,000 in 1950.
Some Fun Facts about Burundi
- The source of the Nile River is in Bururi province.
- When several Burundians of close acquaintance meet for a gathering they drink impeke, a beer, together from a large container to symbolise unity.
- Crafts are an important art form in Burundi and are attractive gifts to many tourists.
- Drumming is an important part of the cultural heritage. The world-famous Royal Drummers of Burundi, who have performed for over 40 years, are noted for traditional drumming using the karyenda, amashako, ibishikiso and ikiranya drums.
- The country’s oral tradition is strong, relaying history and life lessons through storytelling, poetry and song.
Some Sobering Facts about Burundi
- The population growth rate is 2.5 percent per year, more than double the average global pace, and a Burundian woman has on average 6.3 children, nearly triple the international fertility rate.
- Approximately 80% of Burundi’s population lives in poverty.
- Burundi has the severest hunger and malnourishment rates of all 120 countries ranked in the Global Hunger Index. A typical Burundian meal consists of sweet potatoes, corn and peas. Due to the expense, meat is eaten only a few times per month.
- Only 2% of the total population holds bank accounts.
- The World Happiness Report 2018 ranked Burundi as the world’s least happy nation with a rank of 156.
Like many people in Africa, those living in Burundi seem to be struggling mightily. i can only hope that things begin to improve, and I offer my gratitude to whoever took the time to visit my blog today…