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Shaka then led a fresh reserve some seventy miles to the royal kraal of Zwide, ruler of the Ndwandwe, and destroyed it. Zwide himself escaped with a handful of followers before falling foul of a chieftainess named Mjanji, ruler of the baPedi clan (he died in mysterious circumstances soon afterward). TOSHIBA Satellite P300-ST3712 laptop keyboard

Shaka's general Soshangane (of the Shangaan) moved north towards what is now Mozambique to inflict further damage on less resistant foes and take advantage of slaving opportunities, obliging Portuguese traders to give tribute. Shaka later had to contend again with Zwide's sonSikhunyane in 1826. HP G42-265LA laptop keyboard

Dingane and Mhlangana, Shaka's half-brothers, appear to have made at least two attempts to assassinate Shaka before they succeeded, with perhaps support from Mpondo elements, and some disaffected iziYendane people. While the British colonialists considered his regime to be a future threat, allegations that white traders wished him dead are problematic given that Shaka had granted concessions to whites prior to his death, SONY VAIO VGN-FS620 laptop keyboard

including the right to settle at Port Natal (nowDurban). Shaka had made enough enemies among his own people to hasten his demise. It came relatively quickly after the death of his mother Nandi in October 1827, and the devastation caused by Shaka's subsequent erratic behavior. According to Donald Morris, in this mourning period, HP Pavilion dv3-2155mx laptop keyboard

Shaka ordered that no crops should be planted during the following year, no milk (the basis of the Zulu diet at the time) was to be used, and any woman who became pregnant was to be killed along with her husband. TOSHIBA PK130BH2A00 laptop keyboard

At least 7,000 people who were deemed to be insufficiently grief-stricken were executed, although the killing was not restricted to humans: cows were slaughtered so that their calves would know what losing a mother felt like.[9]  ACER Aspire One D150-1920 Laptop Keyboard

The Zulu monarch was killed by three assassins sometime in 1828; September is the most frequently cited date, when almost all available Zulu manpower had been sent on yet another mass sweep to the north. This left the royal kraal critically lacking in security. It was all the conspirators needed—they being Shaka's half-brothers, Dingane and Mhlangana, and an iNduna called Mbopa. HP AEUT5U00010 Laptop Keyboard

A diversion was created by Mbopa, and Dingane and Mhlangana struck the fatal blows. Shaka's corpse was dumped into an empty grain pit by his assassins and filled with stones and mud. The exact location is unknown. A monument was built at one alleged site. Historian Donald Morris holds that the true site is somewhere on Couper Street in the village of Stanger, South Africa. ACER Aspire One D150-1920 Laptop Keyboard

Shaka's half-brother Dingane assumed power and embarked on an extensive purge of pro-Shaka elements and chieftains, running over several years, in order to secure his position. The initial problem Dingane faced was maintaining the loyalty of the Zulu fighting regiments or amabutho. He addressed this by allowing them to marry and set up a homestead (this was forbidden during Shaka's rule), and they also received cattle from Dingane.  HP AEUT5U00010 Laptop Keyboard

Loyalty was also maintained through fear as anyone who was suspected of rivaling Dingane was killed. He set up his main residence at Mmungungundlovo and established his authority over the Zulu kingdom.[10] Dingane ruled for some twelve years, during which time he fought, disastrously, APPLE A1278 Laptop Keyboard

against the Voortrekkers, and against another half-brother Mpande, who, with Boer and British support, took over the Zulu leadership in 1840, ruling for some 30 years. At the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879, the Zulus would become one of the few African peoples to defeat the British Army.[citation needed] ACER 9J.N0F82.A1D Laptop Keyboard

Shaka is often said to have been dissatisfied with the long throwing "assegai," and credited with introducing a new variant of the weapon: the "iklwa," a short stabbing spear with a long, sword-like spearhead. HP G72-b66US Laptop Keyboard

Though Shaka probably did not invent the iklwa, according to Zulu scholar John Laband, the leader did insist that his warriors train with the weapon, which gave them a "terrifying advantage over opponents who clung to the traditional practice of throwing their spears and avoiding hand-to-hand conflict."[12] The throwing spear was not discarded but used as an initial missile weapon before close contact with the enemy, when the shorter stabbing spear was used in hand to hand combat.[5] ACER 9J.N0F82.A1D Laptop Keyboard

Shaka is also supposed to have introduced a larger, heavier shield made of cowhide and to have taught each warrior how to use the shield's left side to hook the enemy's shield to the right, exposing his ribs for a fatal spear stab. In Shaka's time,  HP G72-b66US Laptop Keyboard

these cowhide shields were supplied by the king and remained his property (Laband 37). Different colored shields distinguished different amabutho within Shaka's army. Some had black shields, others used white shields with black spots, some had white shields with brown spots, while others used pure brown or white shields (37).[12] HP Mini 110-3180sv Laptop Keyboard

The story that sandals were discarded to toughen the feet of Zulu warriors has been noted in various military accounts such as "The Washing of the Spears," "Like Lions They Fought" and "Anatomy of the Zulu Army." Implementation was typically blunt. Those who objected to going without sandals were simply killed.[13] Lenovo 3000 N200 Laptop Keyboard

Shaka drilled his troops frequently, forced marches sometimes covering more than 50 miles (80 km) a day in a fast trot over hot, rocky terrain.[14] He also drilled the troops to carry out encirclement tactics. DELL Vostro 3450 Laptop Keyboard

Historian John Laband dismisses these stories as myth. "What are we to make, then, of [European trader Henry Francis] Fynn's statement that once the Zulu army reached hard and stony ground in 1826, Shaka ordered sandals of ox-hide to be made for himself?"[12]  DELL Vostro 3550 Laptop Keyboard

The idea of a 50 miles (80 km) march in a single day is also dismissed as ridiculous. Laband further claims that even though these stories have been repeated by "astonished and admiring white commentators," the Zulu army covered "no more than 19 kilometres (12 mi) a day, and usually went only about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi).".[ HP Pavilion dv6-2125ef laptop keyboard

12] Furthermore, Zulus under Shaka sometimes advanced more slowly. They spent two whole days recuperating in one instance, and on another they rested for a day and two nights before pursuing their enemy.[12] Several other historians of the Zulu, and the Zulu military system however, affirm the mobility rate of up to 50 miles per day.[15] HP Pavilion dv6-2110ev laptop keyboard

The expanding Zulu power inevitably clashed with European hegemony in the decades after Shaka's death. In fact, European travellers to Shaka's kingdom demonstrated advanced technology such as firearms and writing, but the Zulu monarch was less than convinced. There was no need to record messages, he held, since his messengers stood under penalty of death should they bear inaccurate tidings. SONY VAIO VGN-N31Z/W laptop keyboard

As for firearms, Shaka acknowledged their utility as missile weapons after seeing muzzle-loaders demonstrated, but argued that in the time a gunman took to reload, he would be swamped by charging spear-wielding warriors.[5] SONY VGN-FE21H laptop keyboard

The first major clash after Shaka's death took place under his successor Dingane, against expanding EuropeanVoortrekkers from the Cape. Initial Zulu success rested on fast-moving surprise attacks and ambushes,  HP G72-b60SF laptop keyboard

but the Voortrekkers recovered and dealt the Zulu a severe defeat from their fortified wagon laager at the Battle of Blood River. The second major clash was against the British during 1879. Once again, most Zulu successes rested on their mobility, ability to screen their forces and to close when their opponents were unfavourably deployed. Their major victory at the Battle of Isandlwana is well known, HP Mini 110-3180sv laptop keyboard

but they also forced back a British column at theBattle of Hlobane mountain, by deploying fast-moving regiments over a wide area of rugged ravines and gullies, and attacking the British who were forced into a rapid disorderly fighting retreat, back to the town ofKambula.[18] LENOVO IdeaPad S10 20015 laptop keyboard

Scholarship in recent years has revised views of the sources on Shaka's reign. The earliest are two eyewitness accounts written by white adventurer-traders who met Shaka during the last four years of his reign. HP Mini 110-3180sv laptop keyboard

Nathaniel Isaacs published his Travels and Adventures in Eastern Africa in 1836, creating a picture of Shaka as a degenerate and pathological monster which survives in modified forms to this day. Isaacs was aided in this by Henry Francis Fynn, whose diary (actually a rewritten collage of various papers) was edited by James Stuart only in 1950. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E125 laptop keyboard

Their accounts may be balanced by the rich resource of oral histories collected around 1900 by the same James Stuart, now published in 6 volumes as The James Stuart Archive. Stuart's early 20th century work was continued by D. McK. Malcolm in 1950. These and other sources such as A. T. Bryant gives us a more Zulu-centred picture. Most popular accounts are based on E. A. HP Pavilion dv6-3230us laptop keyboard

Ritter's novel Shaka Zulu (1955), a potboiling romance which was re-edited into something more closely resembling a history. The work of John Wright (history professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg), Julian Cobbing and Dan Wylie (Rhodes University, Grahamstown) have been among a number of writers who have modified these stories.[22] ACER K052030A1 laptop keyboard

Various modern historians writing on Shaka and the Zulu point to the uncertain nature of Fynn and Isaac's accounts of Shaka's reign. A standard general reference work in the field is Donald Morris's "The Washing of The Spears",  DELL Inspiron 6400 Laptop Keyboard

which notes the sources, as a whole, for this historical era are not the best. Morris nevertheless references a large number of sources, including Stuart, and A. T. Bryant's extensive but uneven "Olden Times in Zululand and Natal", which is based on four decades of exhaustive interviews of tribal sources. TOSHIBA NSK-TAJ01 Laptop Keyboard

After sifting through these sources and noting their strengths and weaknesses, Morris generally credits Shaka with a large number of military and social innovations, and this is the general consensus in the field.[23] ACER Aspire 7741G Laptop Keyboard

A 1998 study by historian Carolyn Hamilton summarizes much of the scholarship on Shaka towards the dawn of the 21st century in areas ranging from ideology, politics and culture, to the use of his name and image in a popular South African theme park, Shakaland. ACER Aspire 7741G Laptop Keyboard

It argues that in many ways, the image of Shaka has been "invented" in the modern era according to whatever agenda persons hold. This "imagining of Shaka" it is held, should be balanced by a sober view of the historical record, and allow greater scope for the contributions of indigenous African discourse.[24] SONY KFRMBA152B Laptop Keyboard

Military historians of the Zulu War must also be considered for their description of Zulu fighting methods and tactics, including authors like Ian Knight and Robert Edgerton. General histories of Southern Africa are also valuable including Noel Mostert's "Frontiers" and a detailed account of the results from the Zulu expansion, J. D. Omer-Cooper's "The Zulu Aftermath", which advances the traditional Mfecane theory. HP Pavilion dv6-3001so Laptop Keyboard

The increased military efficiency led to more and more clans being incorporated into Shaka's Zulu empire, while other tribes moved away to be out of range of Shaka's impis. The ripple effect caused by these mass migrations would become known (though only in the twentieth century) as the Mfecane (annihilation). HP HDX18-1100 CTO Laptop Keyboard

Some groups which moved off (like the Hlubi and Ngwane to the north of the Zulus) could have been impelled by the Ndwandwe, not the Zulu. Some moved south (like the Chunu and the Thembe), but never suffered much in the way of attack; it was precautionary, and they left many people behind in their traditional homelands.  TOSHIBA Satellite C655-S9521D Laptop Keyboard

At the time of his death, Shaka ruled over 250,000 people and could muster more than 50,000 warriors. His 10-year-long kingship resulted in a massive number of deaths, mostly due to the disruptions the Zulu caused in neighbouring tribes, although the exact death toll is a matter of scholarly dispute.[25][26] Further unquantifiable deaths occurred during mass tribal migrations to escape his armies. HP G42-380LA Laptop Keyboard

The Mfecane produced Mzilikazi of the Khumalo, a general of Shaka's. He fled Shaka's employ, and in turn conquered an empire in Zimbabwe, after clashing with European groups like the Boers. The settling of Mzilikazi's people, the AmaNdebele or Matabele, GATEWAY NV-53 Laptop Keyboard

in the south of Zimbabwe with the concomitant driving of the AmaShona into the north caused a tribal conflict which still resonates today. Other notable figures to arise from the Mfecane include Shoshangane, who expanded from the Zulu area into what is now Mozambique.  HP 646568-001 Laptop Keyboard

The theory of the Mfecane holds that the aggressive expansion of Shaka's armies caused a brutal chain reaction across the southern areas of the continent, as dispossessed tribe after tribe turned on their neighbours in a deadly cycle of fight and conquest. This theory must be treated with caution, SONY VGN-FE670G Laptop Keyboard

some scholars hold, as it generally neglects several other factors such as the impact of white encroachment, slave trading and expansion in that area of Southern Africa around the same time. The development of the view that Shaka was the monster responsible for the devastation is based on the need of apartheid era historians to justify the apartheid regime's racist policies.[26] HP COMPAQ NX6310 Laptop Keyboard

Other scholars acknowledge distortion of the historical record by apartheid supporters and shady white traders seeking to cover their tracks, but dispute the revisionist approach, noting that stories of cannibalism, raiding, burning of villages, or mass slaughter were not developed out of thin air but based on the clearly documented accounts of hundreds of black victims and refugees.  DELL INSPIRON 1464 Laptop Keyboard

Confirmation of such accounts can also be seen in modern archaeology of the village of Lepalong, an entire settlement built underground to shelter remnants of the Kwena people from 1827–36 against the tide of disruption that engulfed the region during Shakan times.[27] SONY Vaio PCG-K315S laptop keyboard

William Rubinstein wrote that "Western guilt over colonialism, have also accounted for much of this distortion of what pre-literate societies actually were like, as does the wish to avoid anything which smacks of racism, even when this means distorting the actual and often appalling facts of life in many pre-literate societies".[28] TOSHIBA Satellite C655-S5141 laptop keyboard

Rubinstein also notes:

"One element in Shaka's destruction was to create a vast artificial desert around his domain... 'to make the destruction complete, organized bands of Zulu murderers regularly patrolled the waste, hunting for any stray men and running them down like wild pig'... An area 200 miles to the north of the center of the state, 300 miles to the west, and 500 miles to the south was ravaged and depopulated..."[28] HP Pavilion dv6-2160ep laptop keyboard

Other writers such as Dan Wylie (2011) express skepticism of the portrayal of Shaka as a pathological monster destroying everything within reach. They note that attempts to distort his life and image have been systematic- beginning with the first white visitors to his kingdom. One (Nathaniel Isaccs) wrote to Fynn: Packard Bell PEW91 laptop keyboard

[Fynn] stated that Shaka had killed 'a million people.' You will still find this figure, and higher, repeated in today's literature. However, Fynn had no way of knowing any such thing: it was a thumb-suck based in a particular view of Shaka - Shaka as a kind of genocidal maniac, an unresting killing-machine. But why the inventive lie? .. HP Pavilion dv6-2159tx laptop keyboard

. Fynn was bidding for a stretch of land, which allegedly had been depopulated by Shaka... (he insinuated), Shaka didn't deserve that land anyway because he was such a brute, while he - Fynn - was a lonely, morally upright pioneer of civilisation.[30]

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He attacked some enemies, but he also left numerous tribes in place, and maintained a network of dependent states in peaceful tributary relations, or as allied client states. The massive killing sprees alleged are distorted - Shaka was not the only operator in the area. There were other tribes and leaders of the era, each on the move with their own conflicts, that created turmoil, not merely Shaka. SONY VAIO VGN-CR13/B laptop keyboard

Others included the Ndwandwe, and the Mabhudu who built a polity that outlasted Shaka's and were: "partly responsible for pushing the Diamini-Swazi Tlokwa and Ngwane groups west across the Lubombo hills on to the highveld... the Ndwandwe would become easily the most aggressive of all groups, certainly surpassong the Zulu."[31] SONY 148701322 laptop keyboard

Wylie also notes that the Zulu themselves were born in circumstances of threat even before Shaka was born as the Mthethwa protectors of the small Zulu clan, jockeyed against regional rivals like the Ndwandwe, the Chunu and the Thembu. His war operations did not spring out of a vacuum.[32]  Packard Bell Easynote TK85 laptop keyboard

Wylie also argues that the view of Shaka as a monster who started the Mfecane does not hold up under hard analysis, and that regional upheavals and other factors were already in play in the environment when Shaka appeared. HP Pavilion dv6-3001so laptop keyboard

"In short, the geographic isolationism of the mainstream 'mfecane' model doesn't hold. Secondly, the 'mfecane' cannot be isolated in time. Major changes were happening over a longer period than just on the 1810s... a third reason why the 'mfecane' model doesn't hold is that political developments in response to the violence were not centered on Shaka's Zulu. Around 1750, HP HDX18-1100 CTO laptop keyboard

it is now clear, slaving, trade, violence, the use of defensive hilltop settlement, and more centralised and militarised groupings were developing all much the same time, right across the region."[33] SONY VAIO VGN-N21E/W laptop keyboard

Though much remains unknown about Shaka's personal appearance, sources tend to agree he had a strong, muscular body and was not fat.[12] He was of medium height and his skin tone was dark brown. He was uncircumcised, which bucked a trend[clarification needed] in Zulu culture near that time. HP Pavilion dv5-1118tx laptop keyboard

Shaka's enemies described him as ugly in some respects. He had a big nose, according to Baleka of the Qwabe, as told by her father.[12] He also had two prominent front teeth. Her father also told Baleka that Shaka spoke as though "his tongue were too big for his mouth." Many said that he spoke with a speech impediment. HP AEUT5U00010 laptop keyboard

There is an anecdote that Shaka joked with one of his friends, Magaye, that he could not kill Magaye because he would be laughed at. Supposedly if he killed Magaye, it would appear to be out of jealousy because Magaye was so handsome and "Shaka himself was ugly, with a protruding forehead".[12] HP Mini 110-3504tu laptop keyboard

The figure of Shaka still sparks interest among not only the contemporary Zulu but many worldwide who have encountered the tribe and its history. The current tendency appears to be to lionise him; popular film and other media have certainly contributed to his appeal. Against this must be balanced the devastation and destruction that he wrought. Acer eMachines E640 laptop keyboard

Certain aspects of traditional Zulu culture still revere the dead monarch, as the typical praise song below attests. It should be noted that the praise song is one of the most widely used poetic forms in Africa, applying not only to gods but to men, animals, plants and even towns.[34]

Other Zulu sources are sometimes critical of Shaka, HP Mini 110-3504tu laptop keyboard

and numerous negative images abound in Zulu oral history. When Shaka's mother Nandi died for example, the monarch ordered a massive outpouring of grief including mass executions, forbidding the planting of crops or the use of milk, and the killing of all pregnant women and their husbands. Lenovo Thinkpad T520 Laptop Keyboard

Oral sources record that in this period of devastation, a singular Zulu, a man named Gala, eventually stood up to Shaka and objected to these measures, pointing out that Nandi was not the first person to die in Zululand. Taken aback by such candid talk, the Zulu king is supposed to have called off the destructive edicts, SONY VGN-FE11H Laptop Keyboard

rewarding the blunt teller-of-truths with a gift of cattle.[35]

The figure of Shaka thus remains an ambiguous one in African oral tradition, defying simplistic depictions of the Zulu king as a heroic, protean nation builder on one hand, or a depraved monster on the other. This ambiguity continues to lend the image of Shaka its continued power and influence, almost two centuries after his death.[24] COMPAQ Presario C700 Laptop Keyboard

In late March 2008, the FLN sought for the parliament to adopt a law guaranteeing them ‘provisional immunity’ from arrest. This would cover ordinary crimes, but not grave violations of international humanitarian law like war crimes or crimes against humanity .[35] Even though the government has granted this in the past to people, the FLN has been unable to obtain the provisional immunity. Lenovo 45N2240 Laptop Keyboard

On April 17, 2008, the FLN bombarded Bujumbura. The Burundian army fought back and the FLN suffered heavy losses. A new ceasefire was signed on May 26, 2008. In August 2008, President Nkurunziza met with the FLN leader Agathon Rwasa, with the mediation of Charles Nqakula, South Africa’s Minister for Safety and Security. SONY VGN-FE550G Laptop Keyboard

This was the first direct meeting since June 2007. Both agree to meet twice a week to establish a commission to resolve any disputes that might arise during the peace negotiations.[36]

Refugee camps are now closing down, and 450,000 refugees have returned. The economy of the country is shattered – as of 2011 Burundi has one of the lowest per capita gross incomes in the world. With the return of refugees, amongst others, property conflicts have started. Lenovo IdeaPad Y710 Laptop Keyboard

Burundi now participates in African Union peackeeping missions, including the mission to Somalia against Al-Shahab militants.[37]

Burundi's political system is that of a presidential representative democratic republic based upon a multi-party state. DELL Latitude D830 Laptop Keyboard

The President of Burundi is the head of state and head of government. There are currently 21 registered parties in Burundi.[8] On March 13, 1992, Tutsi coup leader Pierre Buyoya established a constitution,[38] which provided for a multi-party political process[39] and reflected multi-party competition. TOSHIBA Satellite U305-S2812 Laptop Keyboard

Because of the Arusha Accord, Burundi enacted a transitional government in 2000.[40]

Burundi's legislative branch is a bicameral assembly, consisting of the Transitional National Assembly and the Transitional Senate. As of 2004, the Transitional National Assembly consists of 170 members, with the Front for Democracy in Burundi holding 38% of seats, and 10% of the assembly is controlled by UPRONA. GATEWAY M-6319 Laptop Keyboard

Fifty-two seats are controlled by other parties. Burundi's constitution mandates representation in the Transitional National Assembly to be consistent with 60% Hutu, 40% Tutsi, and 30% female members, as well as three Batwa members.[8] Members of the National Assembly are elected by popular vote and serve for five-year terms.[41] HP 634139-001 Laptop Keyboard

The Transitional Senate has fifty-one members, and three seats are reserved for former presidents. Due to stipulations in Burundi's constitution, 30% of Senate members must be female. TOSHIBA Satellite L655-S5083 Laptop Keyboard

Members of the Senate are elected by electoral colleges, which consist of members from each of Burundi's provinces and communes.[8] For each of Burundi's seventeen provinces, one Hutu and one Tutsi senator are chosen. One term for the Transitional Senate is five years.[41]

Together, Burundi's legislative branch elect the President to a five-year term.[41] Burundi's president appoints officials to his Council of Ministers,  ACER Aspire 5742 Laptop Keyboard

which is also part of the executive branch.[40] The president can also pick fourteen members of the Transitional Senate to serve on the Council of Ministers.[8] Members of the Council of Ministers must be approved by two-thirds of Burundi's legislature. The president also chooses two vice-presidents.[41] As of 2010, the President of Burundi is Pierre Nkurunziza. The First Vice President is Therence Sinunguruza, and the Second Vice President is Gervais Rufyikiri.[42] HP pavilion DV7-1000 Laptop Keyboard

The Court Supreme (Supreme Court) is Burundi's highest court. There are three Courts of Appeals directly below the Supreme Court. Tribunals of First Instance are used as judicial courts in each of Burundi's provinces as well as 123 local tribunals.[40] TOSHIBA Satellite A300 Laptop Keyboard

Burundi is divided into 17 provinces,[9] 117 communes,[8] and 2,638 collines (hills).[43] Provincial governments are structured upon these boundaries. In 2000, the province encompassing Bujumbura was separated into two provinces, Bujumbura Rural and Bunjumbura Mairie.[6] TOSHIBA Satellite A110 Series Laptop Keyboard

One of the smallest countries in Africa, Burundi is landlocked and has an equatorial climate. Burundi is a part of the Albertine Rift, the western extension of the East African Rift. The country lies on a rolling plateau in the center of Africa. The average elevation of the central plateau is 5,600 feet (1,707 m), with lower elevations at the borders. TOSHIBA Satellite L750-ST5N02 laptop keyboard

The highest peak, Mount Heha at 8,810 feet (2,685 m),[44] lies to the southeast of the capital, Bujumbura. The source of the Nile River is in Bururi province, and is linked from Lake Victoria to its headwaters via the Ruvyironza River[45][clarification needed] Lake Victoria is also an important water source, which serves as a fork to the Kagera River.[46][47] Another major lake is Lake Tanganyika, located in much of Burundi's southwestern corner.[48] HP Pavilion DV6-1160ed laptop keyboard

49] Deforestation of the entire country is almost completely due to overpopulation, with a mere 230 square miles (600 km2) remaining and an ongoing loss of about 9% per annum.[50] There are two national parks, Kibira National Parkto the northwest (a small region of rain forest, SONY VAIO VGN-FS195VP laptop keyboard

adjacent to Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda), Ruvubu National Park to the northeast (along the Rurubu River, also known as Ruvubu or Ruvuvu). Both were established in 1982 to conserve wildlife populations.[51] IBM ThinkPad T42 laptop keyboard

Burundi is one of the world's poorest countries, owing in part to its landlocked geography,[9] poor legal system, lack of economic freedom, lack of access to education, and the proliferation of HIV/AIDS. Approximately 80% of Burundi's population lives in poverty.[52] Famines and food shortages have occurred throughout Burundi, most notably in the 20th century,[10] and according to the World Food Programme, DELL Inspiron N4050 laptop keyboard

56.8% of children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition.[53] One scientific study of 178 nations rated Burundi's population as having the lowest satisfaction with life in the world.[54] As a result of poverty, Burundi is dependent on foreign aid.[9] GATEWAY MT3707 laptop keyboard

Burundi's largest industry is agriculture, which accounted for 58% of the GDP in 1997. Subsistence agriculture accounts for 90% of agriculture.[55] The nation's largest source of revenue is coffee, which makes up 93% of Burundi's exports.[56] Other agricultural products include cotton, tea, maize, sorghum, sweet potatoes, HP Pavilion dv6-3050tx laptop keyboard

bananas, manioc (tapioca); beef, milk, and hides. Some of Burundi's natural resources include uranium, nickel, cobalt, copper, and platinum.[57] Besides agriculture, other industries include: assembly of imported components; public works construction; food processing, and light consumer goods such as blankets, shoes, and soap. Burundi's currency is the Burundian franc (BIF); as of May 26, 2012, 1,371.00 Burundian franc were equivalent to one United States dollar.[58] SONY VGN-FE48E laptop keyboard

Lack of access to financial services is a serious problem for the majority of the population, particularly in the densely populated rural areas: only 2% of the total population holds bank accounts, and fewer than 0.5% use bank lending services.Microfinance, however, plays a larger role,  Lenovo Thinkpad T520 laptop keyboard

with 4% of Burundians being members of microfinance institutions – a larger share of the population than that reached by banking and postal services combined. 26 licensed microfinance institutions (MFIs) offer savings, deposits, and short- to medium-term credit. Dependence of the sector on donor assistance is limited.[59]

Burundi is part of the East African Community and a potential member of the planned East African Federation. Compaq Presario CQ71-403SA laptop keyboard

As of July 2012, Burundi is projected to have an estimated population of 10,557,259 people. This estimate explicitly takes into account the effects of AIDS, which has a significant effect on the demographics of the country.[9] Over 500,000 have been displaced due to the disease.[6]

Many Burundians have migrated to other countries as a result of the civil war. In 2006, the United States accepted approximately 10,000 Burundian refugees.[60] HP Pavilion dv6-2150us laptop keyboard

Most Burundians live in rural areas, while 11% of the population lived in urban areas in 2010.[9] The population density of around 315 people per square kilometer (753 per sq mi) is the second highest in Sub-Saharan Africa.[8] Roughly 85% of the population are of Hutu ethnic origin, 15% are Tutsi, and fewer than 1% are indigenous Twa/Pygmies.[61] Burundi has the fifth highest total fertility rate in the world, at 6.08 children born/woman (2012 estimates).[9] HP Pavilion dv6-2030ev laptop keyboard

Sources estimate the Christian population to be 75%, with Roman Catholics representing the largest group at 60%.Protestant and Anglican practitioners constitute the remaining 15%. An estimated 20% of the population adheres to traditional indigenous religious beliefs. The Muslim population is estimated to be at 5%, the majority of whom live in urban areas. Sunnis make up the majority of the Muslim population, the remainder being Shi'a.[62] TOSHIBA Satellite L655-S5083 laptop keyboard

There is less health care in Burundi than in most other countries. Life expectancy at birth is estimated to be 59.24 years.[9] A large proportion of the population is undernourished. There were 3 physicians per 100,000 persons in 2004.[9] TOSHIBA Satellite L655-S5160 laptop keyboard

The World Health Organization estimated that HIV/AIDS prevalence in Burundi was 3.3% of the adult population in 2009.[63] Demographic and Health Surveys completed two surveys in Burundi in 1987 and 2010 .[64] Packard Bell Easynote TK85 laptop keyboard

Burundi's culture is based on local tradition and the influence of neighboring countries, though cultural prominence has been hindered by civil unrest. Since farming is the main industry in Burundi, a typical Burundian meal consists of sweet potatoes,corn, and peas. Due to the expense, meat is eaten only a few times per month. When several Burundians of close acquaintance meet for a gathering they drink impeke, Lenovo 3000 G430 4152 laptop keyboard

a beer, together from a large container to symbolize unity. Notable Burundians include the footballer Mohammed Tchité and singer Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidumu (who is based in Nairobi, Kenya).[65] SONY VAIO VPCF12 Laptop Keyboard

Crafts are an important art form in Burundi and are attractive gifts to many tourists. Basket weaving is a popular craft for Burundian artisans.[66] Other crafts such as masks, shields, statues and pottery are made in Burundi.[67]  HP Pavilion G6-1C58DX Laptop Keyboard

Drumming is an important part of the Burundian cultural heritage. The world-famous Royal Drummers of Burundi, who have performed for over forty years, are noted for traditional drumming using the karyenda, amashako, ibishikiso, and ikiranya drums.[68] Dance often accompanies drumming performanceACER Aspire 3022WLMi Laptop Keyboard

is frequently seen in celebrations and family gatherings. The abatimbo, which is performed at official ceremonies and rituals, and the fast-paced abanyagasimbo are some famous Burundian dances. Some musical instruments of note are the flute, zither,ikembe, indonongo, umuduri, inanga, and the inyagara.[67] HP 640436-001 Laptop Keyboard

Kirundi, French, and Swahili are spoken throughout Burundi.[9] Burundi's oral tradition is strong, relaying history and life lessons through storytelling, poetry, and song. Imigani, indirimbo, amazina, and ivyivugo are types of literary genres existing in Burundi.[69] HP pavilion DV7-1000 Laptop Keyboard

Basketball and track and field are noted sports in Burundi. Martial Arts are popular, as well. There are five major Judo Clubs: Club Judo de l'Entente Sportive, located in Downtown, and four others located throughout the city.[70] Football(soccer) is a popular pastime throughout the country, as are mancala games. TOSHIBA Satellite L750-ST4N02 Laptop Keyboard

Most Christian holidays are celebrated in Burundi, with Christmas being the largest.[71] Burundian Independence Day is celebrated annually on July 1.[72] In 2005, the Burundian government declared Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday, to be a public holiday.[73] TOSHIBA Satellite A110 Series Laptop Keyboard

In April 2009, the government of Burundi changed the law to criminalise homosexuality. Persons found guilty of consensual same-sex relations risk two to three years in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 Burundian francs. Amnesty International has condemned the action, calling it a violation of Burundi’s obligations under international and regional human rights law, HP COMPAQ NX6320 laptop keyboard

and against Burundi’s constitution, which guarantees the right to privacy.[74]

In 2009, the adult literacy rate in Burundi was estimated to be 67% (73% male and 61% female), with a literacy rate of 77% and 76%, respectively, for men and women between the ages of 15 to 24.[75] Literacy among adult women in Burundi has increased by 17% since 2002. ACER Aspire 5738ZG laptop keyboard

Ten percent of Burundian boys are allowed a secondary education.[77]

Burundi has the University of Burundi. There are several museums in the cities, such as the Burundi Geological Museum inBujumbura and the Burundi National Museum and the Burundi Museum of Life in Gitega. ACER Aspire 4810T-8480 laptop keyboard,ASUS F3Sr laptop keyboard

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