Africa- Burundi

downloadBurundi is a landlocked country in Southeast Africa populated by the Twa, Hutu, and Tutsi people who have lived there for hundreds of years.  But at the beginning of the C20th Germany colonized the region but the territory was ceded to Belgium after the First World War because things like that happened back then.  Belgium ruled Burundi and Rwanda as a colony called Ruanda-Urandi where they exacerbated differences between the Tutsi and Hutu which led to the horrific genocide in Rwanda.

Burundi is one of the five poorest countries in the world.  There have been famines and food shortages throughout the C20th and the country is dependent on foreign aid.

downloadAs you might expect for an African country they have produced quite a few middle and long distance runners including Venuste Niyongabo who is, so far, Burundi’s only Olympic medalist after winning Gold in the 5,000m in 1996.  He now works for Nike but is also a member of ‘Champions for Peace’ which is a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to saving the world through sport, which is nice.

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