World Country Burundi

About the world country Burundi, its location, size, population, and who is in power.



Location: Inland in east central Africa, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, between Tanzania and Zaire. Size: 10,747 sq mi. (27,834 sq. km.). Population: 4,578,000 (85% Hutu, 14% Tutsi, 1% Pygmy).

Who Really Rules: The Hamitic Tutsi minority maintains its feudal lordship over the Bantu Hutu subsistence and coffee farmers. In 1972, the Tutsi slaughtered as many as 200,000 Hutu in a Hutu uprising and sent another 200,000 into exile. In 1976 Col. Jean Baptiste Bagaza, a Belgian-trained political scientist, seized power in a bloodless coup. Bagaza attempted to bring the Hutu into his government and abolished some of the worst features of feudalism. In establishing civilian power in his National Unity and Progress party (UPRONA) in 1979, Bagaza recruited a million members and staged public assemblies throughout the country.

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