Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Up with Geography: Burundi





African continent. Burundi outlined
in dark ink & shaded.

A close-up of Burundi & its neighbors.

Rwanda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Water Borders:
Lake Tanganyika

Total Area:
10,745 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Bujumbura, Gitega, Muyinga, Ngozi, Ruyigi

Famous Geographical Point:
Lake Tanganyika (normally I wouldn't do a repeat but the lake makes up such a large portion of the country's western border that it seems like a very important geographical feature to me)

Famous Person:
Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, journalist & dissident

Book Set In/About:
Life after Violence: A People's Story of Burundi by Peter Uvin

A summary of interviews conducted with ordinary Burundians, who struggle to overcome their country's war-torn past while trying to build a future.

Movie Set In/About:
"Journal d'un cooperant" (2010), directed by Robert Morin

A fictional look at the situation in Burundi through the eyes of a French-Canadian man who has gone there in order to volunteer for an NGO. This film sounds depressing as all get out.

Headline of the Day:
"UN Chief Arrives in Burundi for Crisis Talks" in Voice of America.

Note: An image search for Burundi produces lots of results that are pretty much NSFL (not safe for life). Consider yourself warned.


Patricia said...

No image search for me, then!

Such a tiny looking country in the African continent!

balyien said...

So tiny that I didn't actually have it on my original map. Whoops!