The Twa, Hutu and Tutsi peoples have lived in Burundi for at least five hundred years. For more than 200 years, Burundi was an independent kingdom. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Germany colonized the region. After the First World War and Germany's defeat, it ceded the territory to Belgium. The Belgians ruled Burundi and Rwanda as a European colony known as Ruanda-Urundi. Their intervention exacerbated social differences between the Tutsi and Hutu, and contributed to political unrest in the region. Burundi gained independence in 1962 and initially had a monarchy, but a series of assassinations, coups, and a general climate of regional instability culminated in the establishment of a republic and one-party state in 1966. Bouts of ethnic cleansing and ultimately two civil wars and genocides during the 1970s and again in the 1990s left the country undeveloped and its population as one of the world's poorest. 2015 witnessed large-scale political strife as President Pierre Nkurunziza opted to run for a third term in office, a coup attempt failed and the country's parliamentary and presidential elections were broadly criticized by members of the international community.
But according to corroborating sources within the ruling regime, the minister was dismissed for the illegal sale of the last plane of the now defunct Air Burundi and for allegedly embezzling funds intended to go towards the country's future flagship carrier Burundi Airlines.
12 (Xinhua) -- The government of Burundi on Monday ... Other measures effective from Monday included closing all land and water borders, extending the quarantine period for travelers entering Burundi by air from three days to seven days and conducting two COVID-19 tests for them.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police in Burundi have arrested 12 people, including local administrators, on charges of robbing residents returning from neighbouring Tanzania, a police spokesman said ... he said in comments aired on state television.
Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi’s strongman president, may have become the world’s first leader to die of Covid-19, according to opposition sources ... She was flown into Nairobi on an air ambulance equipped with a portable isolation chamber ... Bujumbura, Burundi June 10, 2020.
“C’est la bénédiction de Dieu qui est sur les Burundais () Toutes ces pandémies sont transmises à travers l’air, mais Dieu a purifié l’air du Burundi”, a-t-il déclaré jeudi au lancement de trois jours de prières organisées pour remercier Dieu d’avoir épargné le Burundi.
As of March 31, COVID-19 killed 42,344 and infected 860,170 worldwide. The deadly virus has spread to 203 countries and has been declared a pandemic by WHO ... AP ... One of the major reasons that it has no confirmed case yet is the low air traffic and international travel ... Burundi. Burundi is the second African country to have managed to stay Covid-19 free ... .
Former Air Force sergeant Flippie Venter, convicted of strangling a child prostitute in Burundi and later wiping out his children with an R4 rifle will be released on parole after serving only 13 years, Rapport reported on Sunday ... .
As Delhi’s Air QualityIndex crosses 500, the national capital has officially entered the public health emergency category ... This forms the basis of the need for amending the 1981 Air Act and making it more compatible with contemporary India ... Air pollution in India is not simply an environmental problem, but a major public health concern.
In this photo of Saturday, July 6, 2019, young boys pose for a picture in a small village on the outskirts of the Burundi capital Bujumbura. Compounding the political unrest in Burundi is the dire economic and humanitarian situation in a country whose GDP per capita slipped 3% in 2018, according to the U.N.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — It made history as the first country to quit the International Criminal Court... “It’s hard to live in Burundi, there’s no freedom ... Burundi’s once dynamic civic space continues to shrink ... The few remaining opposition groups in Burundi say they experience daily harassment.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi has appointed the head of the ruling party youth league to head its state-run broadcaster, a move an opposition party has described as a danger to press freedom ... In March, Burundi's media regulator revoked the BBC's licence and accused it of airing a documentary that it said was false and damaged the country's reputation.