February 5 - Unity Day in Burundi

Posted on February 5, 2017

A nation torn apart by ethnic hate, violence, and genocide tried to heal itself, in part by declaring February 5 "Unity Day."

Of course, as you can imagine, there were mixed results. Since the holiday was first declared in 1992, there has been some reduction in hatred between the Hutu and Tutsi peoples, but Burundi still faces a lot of poverty and other problems.

The idea of unity is still a positive force, though, and I certainly wish Burundians good luck with their goal!

Here are some other positives about the nation:

The source of the mighty Nile River -- the longest river on Earth -- is in Burundi, marked by a small pyramid that calls to mind the Ancient Egyptian pyramids thousands of miles to the north! 

Kiribi National Park offers some amazing wildlife... 

...and some lovely landscapes...

...as does Ruvubu National Park.

In addition to the source of the Nile, Burundi offers other rivers, waterfalls, and bit of shore on the gigantic Lake Tanganyika.

And of course, Burundi is famous for its traditional drummers and dancers! 

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