Burundi Genocide

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As a result of devastating conflicts, the average person in Burundi makes only 560 USD a year; which is barely enough to feed themselves about three months; there is not much happiness in Burundi. More than 66% of the nation are below the poverty line and over 58% of the whole population is starving and/or malnourished. The nation fell into this extreme poverty and starvation about 15 years ago; during a period of civil war between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. The civil war ended in 2005, but the country 's economic issues have not vanished, some issues are even becoming worse. Burundi’s current government, a Presidential Representative Democratic Republic, has not been successful in dealing with the countries economic issues. These issues have …show more content…
With agriculture making up more than, “34% of Burundi’s economy”(Rural Poverty Portal), the loss of farmland has been very detrimental to the economy. The loss of fertile land has mostly been caused by overpopulation and overuse, with a population increase of 3.2% each year, along with an increase in the average life expectancy, which went up by about 5½ years since 2000. “With a mere 600 km2 (230 sq mi) of the remaining land and an ongoing loss of about 9% fertile land loss per year” (Burundi Wikipedia), Burundi will keep sinking further and further into poverty and starvation, without stopping the large loss in fertile land. And with the current rates of growth in population, there is a growing demand on resources (food, medical, etc), and because of Burundi’s poor geographical location they have a miniscule amount of natural resources, that doesn’t allow the country to create large industries and jobs to support their growing population. With 34% of Burundi’s economy relying on agriculture and giving “Employment to more than 90% of the population” (Burundi Economy Profile 2014), without a strong agricultural base, poverty and hunger is inevitable to spread throughout Burundi. Because Burundi’s major exports are coffee and tea, there has not been much profit being made because tea and coffee are not expensive and valuable goods. Burundi will not be able to make large

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