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Reading Culture: Spring 2017 - Burundi

Strength in What Remains

About Burundi

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The World Factbook 2016-17. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2016 .

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Burundi locator-- shows continent of Africa

 

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The World Factbook 2016-17. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2016 .

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Burundi  

Sources: CIA World Factbook; World Bank

Full name: Republic of Burundi

Date of independence: July 1, 1962 (from UN trusteeship under Belgian administration)

Population: 11,099,298 (2016 est.)

Location: Central Africa, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, west of Tanzania

Environment: equatorial; high plateau with altitude variations from 2500 ft to 8760 ft above sea level; average annual temperature varies with altitude from 63 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit; average annual rainfall is about 59 inches; wet seasons from  February to May and September to November, and dry seasons from June to August and December to January

Capital: Bujumbura

Area: 10,745 sq miles (27,830 sq km)

Elevation:Mean 4930 ft (range 2500-8760 ft above sea level)

Major languages: Kirundi (official), French (official), Swahili, English

Major religions: Catholic 62 %, Protestant 24%, Muslim 2.5%, Other 3.6%, Unspecified 7.9% (2008 est.)

Major ethnic groups: Hutu (Bantu) 85%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 14%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%, Europeans 3,000, South Asians 2,000

Life expectancy: 58.8 years (men), 62.3 years (women)

Median age (2016 est.): total: 17 years; 16.8 years (men), 17.2 years (women)

Literacy*: 85.6%

Urban population (2015): 12.1%

Monetary unit:Burundi francs (BIF)

Main exports: coffee, tea, sugar, cotton, hides

Gross National Income per capita**: US $260

Internet Domain: .bi

International dialing code: - 257

 * Percentage age 15 and over who can read and write

** World Bank, 2015

Burundi, Global Road Warrior

Past Events Spring 2017

Feb 1- Black History Luncheon with a taste of Africa (sponsored by NW Student Life) at Alief Hayes

Feb 8- Black History Luncheon with a taste of Africa (sponsored by NW Student Life) at Spring Branch

Feb 9, 12:30pm- Presentation by Prof. Bryant Evans, Introduction to the book by Prof. Melissa Miller-Waters Spring Branch Eagle Room

Feb 15 Black History Luncheon with a taste of Africa (sponsored by NW Student Life) at Katy Campus

Feb 23-25 “Akwaaba Dance and Drum Festival” at Spring Branch campus. Information at: http://www.hccs.edu/district/about-us/black-history-committee/events/event-title-248891-en.html

March 2 - 12:30 to 2 p.m. Reading Culture lecture by Dr. Kairn Klieman, University of Houston at Spring Branch Library Room 606

March 2 - 1- 2:30 p.m. Video introduction to Burundi with Librarian Gwen Richard at Codwell Library 

March 10 - 1- 2:30 p.m. Video introduction to Burundi with Librarian Gwen Richard at Codwell Library 

March 28 - 1 -2:30 p.m. Book Discussion Codwell Campus Room 219 with Prof. Melinda Payne and Sheila Gary

March 30- 7-8 p.m. Documentaries on Burundi Katy Cyber Lounge with Prof. Ilija Gallego and Librarian Cindy Belmar

April 4 - 1 -2:30 p.m. Book Discussion Codwell Campus Room 219 with Prof. Melinda Payne and Sheila Gary

Apr 6- 12:30pm Book Discussions Spring Branch Eagle Room, Alief Hayes Library

April 11- Essays due

April 17- Finalists notified

April 24- Presentations

Burundi & Continent News

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