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In 2016, El Niño, the warming of sea-level surfaces, brought torrential rain and flooding to Burundi. The floods destroyed over 5,000 homes in the country1. The land also faces erosion from overuse and wartime destruction.1 The dense rural population contributes to the rapid depletion of natural resources such as water and timber.2

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1http://www.reuters.com/article/us-burundi-aid-idUSKCN0X51YX
2https://www.worldwildlife.org/ecoregions/at0101
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Burundi News

AllAfrica.com 
Europe failed to convince members of the African Caribbean Pacific bloc. The resolution condemned the situation and proposed sending observers in Burundi to ... See more..
IRINnews.org 
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to seek a disputed third term more than two years ago, spawning a period of unrest marked by extrajudicial killings, a failed coup, and ethnic division. Given repeated assurances from ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Overcrowding at Lusenda Camp in the DRC has resulted in 1,757 refugees waiting for transfer in transit centers, with 1,017 refugees residing outside host structures. A total of 537 Burundian refugee arrivals have been registered in Rwanda in May ... See more..
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AllAfrica.com 
The Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met on 20 June to discuss Burundi situation. They recommended the regional effort to help Burundi to find political solution and reiterated the support of the facilitation in the inter-Burundian ... See more..
Washington Post 
KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda's military says a 52-year-old woman has been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the southwestern district of Rusizi near the Burundi border. Rwandan military spokesman Col. Rene Ngendahimana says the attack occurred ... See more..
UN News Centre 
20 June 2017 – Amid Burundi's “fragile” security situation, marked by recent grenade attacks in the capital, Bujumbura, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today that regional actors and international partners must ... See more..
IWACU English News (satire) (press release) (subscription) (blog) 
After the meeting chaired by President Pierre Nkurunziza, the National Security Council [CNS] has released a statement in which it calls on the facilitation team in Burundi peace talks to bring back the dialog and respect the deadline set in June. See more..
IWACU English News (satire) (press release) (subscription) (blog) 
From 22 to 23 June 2017, Burundi has hosted the fifth annual forum of the Secretary General of the East African Community comprising the private sector, civil society and other interest groups both from the national and regional levels under the ... See more..
Washington Post 
KIGALI, Rwanda — Burundi human rights activists expressed outrage Tuesday over an online video that shows pro-government youth militia members teaching young students songs comparing the opposition to lice. The video of Imbonerakure militia ... See more..
EURACTIV 
The situation in Burundi began deteriorating in April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would stand for an unconstitutional third mandate. He was re-elected that July. For two years the political situation has been on a downward spiral. See more..
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Geography

Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Area

Total 27,830 sq km
Land 25,680 sq km
Water 2,150 sq km

Climate

equatorial; high plateau with considerable altitude variation (772 m to 2,670 m above sea level); average annual temperature varies with altitude from 23 to 17 degrees centigrade but is generally moderate as the average altitude is about 1,700 m; average annual rainfall is about 150 cm; two wet seasons (February to May and September to November), and two dry seasons (June to August and December to January)
Natural Resources

nickel, uranium, rare earth oxides, peat, cobalt, copper, platinum, vanadium, arable land, hydropower, niobium, tantalum, gold, tin, tungsten, kaolin, limestone ;
Natural Hazards

flooding; landslides; drought
Current Environmental Issues

soil erosion as a result of overgrazing and the expansion of agriculture into marginal lands; deforestation (little forested land remains because of uncontrolled cutting of trees for fuel); habitat loss threatens wildlife populations

Demographics

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Burundian
Population
10,888,321 (July 2013 est.)
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Burundi is a landlocked, resource-poor country with an underdeveloped manufacturing sector. The economy is predominantly agricultural; agriculture accounts for just over 30% of GDP and employs more than 90% of the population. Burundi's primary exports are coffee and tea, which account for 90% of foreign exchange earnings, though exports are a relatively small share of GDP. Burundi's export earnings - and its ability to pay for imports - rests primarily on weather conditions and international coffee and tea prices. An ethnic-based war that lasted for over a decade resulted in more than 200,000 deaths, forced more than 48,000 refugees into ...See More Tanzania, and displaced 140,000 others internally. Only one in two children go to school, and approximately one in 15 adults has HIV/AIDS. Food, medicine, and electricity remain in short supply. Less than 2% of the population has electricity in its homes. Burundi's GDP grew around 4% annually in 2006-12. Political stability and the end of the civil war have improved aid flows and economic activity has increased, but underlying weaknesses - a high poverty rate, poor education rates, a weak legal system, a poor transportation network, overburdened utilities, and low administrative capacity - risk undermining planned economic reforms. The purchasing power of most Burundians has decreased as wage increases have not kept up with inflation. Burundi will remain heavily dependent on aid from bilateral and multilateral donors - foreign aid represents 42% of Burundi''s national income, the second highest rate in Sub-Saharan Africa. Burundi joined the East African Community in 2009, which should boost Burundi's regional trade ties, and also in 2009 received $700 million in debt relief. Government corruption is hindering the development of a healthy private sector as companies seek to navigate an environment with ever changing rules. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$5.578 billion (2012 est.); $5.363 billion (2011 est.); $5.148 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

1.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 1.7% of GDP (2011 est.); 0.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, cotton, tea, corn, sorghum, sweet potatoes, bananas, cassava (manioc); beef, milk, hides
Industries

light consumer goods such as blankets, shoes, soap, and beer; assembly of imported components; public works construction; food processing